For hundreds and hundreds of years, women have been seen as the weaker sex. Therefore, the centuries before now saw them as wives, mothers, and not much else. As times have changed, most of society has realized their full potential, that they are equal to men both in talent and determination. As a result, they have been rewarded with education, careers, and remarkable achievements.
And this year, they hit another milestone.
They now officially represent the majority of the college-educated labor force in America. While men still hold the majority in the overall workforce, this is still a great feat.
This is because about 57% of all bachelor’s degrees earned in the past two decades have been by women. Also, the US has shifted in recent years from focusing the economy on manufacture-based companies to service- and knowledge-based ones.
This means the fields that women are typically more interested in like health and education are growing significantly, offering more and more jobs. In addition, the US employment rate is historically low. And as the number of jobs increases so to must the wages so that companies stay competitive with one another.
However, according to the left, women are still as oppressed as ever. One of their favorite past times is discussing just how much more men make than women do. Most likely you have heard the statistic they proport that says, “a woman makes 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.” And while this may have been true at one time, it hasn’t been for a quite a while now.
Firstly, you have to understand that they get this number from taking the average earnings of men and women across all careers. This means it does not consider the fact the differences in earning power such as the type of employment, number of hours worked, what they studied in college, or how much time they spend away from work.
So when Professor Marianne Bertrand from the University of Chicago conducted a study on this very issue, she made to take these factors into account. Her work looked at a group born in 1950 and then another who was born in 1985 and found that in both groups, women studied subjects in college that earned them less than those chosen by men.
According to this study, women tend to choose majors or degrees in things like family studies, child development, social work, and education. These are not known to be high paying jobs, primarily upon entry into the field. In contrast, men are more likely to pursue degrees that lead to higher-paying careers such as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
In addition, Bertrand’s study also noted that women tended to migrate towards positions that allowed them to spend more time with their families or had a more flexible schedule than their male counterparts. And as you can imagine, posts that are either part-time or offer more time away from the job, don’t pay as much as full-time placements. Neither do they offer much in the way of career advancement.
However, in the instances where women and men majored and worked in the same fields, Professor Bertrand found a contradiction to the left’s statistic. According to her work, women who work the same number of hours, doing the same type of work as men typically make more.
And Time magazine confirms this. They reported that women who work full-time earn an average of about 8% more than men in their peer group. And the difference is even more significant in metropolitan areas.
“Young women in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Diego makes 17%, 12% and 15% more than their male peers, respectively.”
And not only do they make more, but more and more employers are changing their benefits and policies to attract women. The Journal says that only 24% of employers offered paid family leave in 2015. Now that number is up to 40%. Additionally, 66% currently provide fertility benefits and 17% will cover the cost of egg freezing.
So the fact of the matter is women no longer make less than men. And if the left were astute to that, they could stop their needless meddling with imposing regulatory employer burdens. Instead, they should turn their focus on improving the economy even more. As it grows, female workers will continue to be attracted to a workforce that respects and treats them fairly.