Flyers incorrectly stating that “Iceland Plans to Become the World’s First Country to Require Equal Pay for Women” were posted in Colby Hall, one of TCU’s freshman residence halls on Monday.
The flyer, sponsored by the TCU Student Affairs and Residence addressed Iceland’s Prime Minister, Bjarni Benediktsson, and his claims that the Icelandic government is working on a law to require companies to show they pay men and women the same salary for the same work.
“In the U.S., attempts to close the wage gap have brought some success, but the gap remains wide,” the flyer states. “Last January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the most recent data showed women earning 83 percent of men’s median weekly earnings.”
The flyer goes on to say that according to National Public Radio’s Jennifer Ludden, “the state of Minnesota has its own gender pay equity law and uses an outside consultant to help set wage levels.”
The flyer, funded by the university and exposed to hundreds of TCU freshman, makes no mention of the historic Equal Pay Act of 1963.
This act, signed into law by John F. Kennedy, prohibits sex-based wage discrimination between men and women in the same establishment who perform jobs that require substantially equal skill, effort and responsibility under similar working conditions.
Additionally, the flyer does not give any background on the misleading statistics cited from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rather than providing background on the difference in the “medians” of men and women’s weekly earnings, the flyer only provides students with a small snapshot of the complex issue.
The common myth that women supposedly “earn $0.78 cents for every dollar earned by a man” fails to address the that women choose different jobs and college majors, take time off from work for different reasons, typically work fewer hours and make many different life decisions.
Harvard economics professor, Claudia Goldin explained why she challenges the rhetoric of politicians when it comes to the supposed “gender wage gap”.
“The pay gap arises not because men and women are paid differently for the same work, but because the labor market incentivizes them to work differently”, Goldin told Harvard Magazine.
According to The Daily Wire, when all the confounds are removed, women actually earn just as much as men, and in major cities, women actually earn MORE than men.
Additionally, research done by Georgetown University economist Anthony Carnevale shows that women tend to pick to college majors that lead to lower-paying careers. Of the 10 lowest-paying majors—such as “drama and theater arts” and “counseling psychology”—only one, “theology and religious vocations,” is majority male. Ten of the highest-paying majors—including “mathematics and computer science” and “petroleum engineering”—only one, “pharmacy sciences and administration,” is majority female. Eight of the remaining nine are more than 70% male.
It is already illegal to pay a woman less than a man for the same job, and it has been for 54 years. The choices women make regarding their careers, personal life and hours worked per week aren’t better or worse than men, but they do not come without consequences.