Quote of the Day: Gender Pay Gap

“According to a new study, most men would like women to occasionally pick up the check. The study also found most women would occasionally like to be paid as much as men for doing the same job.” –Conan O’Brien

In a related item, Hanna Rosin writes at Slate that the claim that “women make 77 cents to every man’s dollar” is false, with differences in pay being far more complex than women receiving a lower rate of pay for doing the exact same work as men. She looked at factors including hours worked (with women on the average working fewer hours), different career choices, and career interruption by women.

This isn’t to say that there isn’t some degree of discrimination, but I can also see there being claims based upon comparing apples and oranges, and sometimes an exaggerated feeling of victimization.  I once had a female employee believe she was the victim of discrimination for receiving a lower bonus (which was proportional to hours worked) than a male employee who both did significant things she did not do and (the real factor determining the difference) worked more hours. The actual hourly wage for both was exactly the same.

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