god knows how many people (usually men, but not always) deny the gender pay gap by citing how the gap closes after conducting a multivariate analysis that takes into account education, amount of experience & seniority, age, assertiveness, job position, & career field

that these people's position clearly results from a failure to understand the true problem (surely fox news and youtube have blame here) is amazing, if unsurprising. It explains a great deal, & makes me wonder for how many other of their cultural positions this is the case

the actual nature of the pay gap lies in looking at WHY so many women are less educated, experienced, senior, assertive in wage negotiation, less frequently in higher paying positions, & even less often interested in pursing work in typically higher-paying fields...

the answers to those questions lie in examining the historical & ongoing unequal social treatment of women (& men--why do so few men choose to be teachers, secretaries, flight attendants, or nurses?), in favor of enforcing & perpetuating traditional stereotypical gender roles

kids are groomed into these roles starting from birth, especially in toys they're given and shows they're directed to watch. The unequal treatment, which seems benign, snowballs over time, until young adult women are faced with a "choice" of career, wherein...

they disproportionately select options consistent with the stereotypical image/role of feminity they've been raised in--which, with nearly the sole exception of nursing, pay far less than most stereotypically male jobs like construction, mechanics, finance, management, etc

on top of this, social standards for women hold for them to be less assertive and more softspoken than men, which certainly manifests (or, more aptly, fails to do so) in pay negotiation.

assertive women are feared & reviled in our culture, especially by older, more traditional men (who, as it were, tend to disproportionately be in manegement positions). a strong, assertive man is respected and called "sir;" a similar woman is hated & called "bitch" or "cunt."

because of this, many women understandably hold back from pushing a hard bargain in salary negotiations, lest they make a poor impression and get off on the wrong foot (which could, potentially, even cost the woman the job, depending on just how fragile the hiring manager is)

and older women already in the workforce *now* grew up facing not only the factors mentioned above, & to a greater extent, but also far more explicit forms of employment, and yes, wage, discrimination, preventing them from getting higher-paying jobs or more seniority

furthermore, the 20th century conception of the nuclear family meant many women weren't in the workforce at all. was this a choice of theirs? In a way, yes, but an extremely heavily pressured one, which ought not be taken at the same value as a truly independent choice.

these factors all combine to mean that many women simply are not, and have not been, in any position to be capable of earning wages equivalent to their male contemporaries

unfortunately, without some kind of condescending, economically crippling, & surely-unpopular policy dictating women must be paid at a level above that which a male employee with their qualifications would normally receive, this all means that...

for the older generation of currently-working women, the dye is probably already cast. however, we can and should do all we can to ensure future generations of women are not faced with this unfair burden that perpetuates systemic gender inequality

whew, long one today
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