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Is the gender pay gap a myth? Show more Show less
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Under the Equal Pay Act of 1963 in the United States, an employer must pay male and female employees the same amount of money for equal work. Equal pay includes a worker’s yearly salary or hourly pay, in addition to overtime, benefits, and bonuses. The gender pay gap is the average difference in yearly earnings between male and female workers. Statistical research clearly indicates that women earn less money, on average, in a given year than their male counterparts. A debate emerges when feminists and gender equality advocates define the gender pay gap as being a form of systemic gender bias that results in women earning approximately 80 cents for every dollar a man earns. It can be argued that although women on average do earn less than men, this is not a form of conscious or systemic gender bias in the workplace, thus the gender pay gap as defined by the feminist movement does not exist.

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When defined as a form of systemic and sometimes conscious gender bias, the gender pay gap does not exist. It is illegal to pay male and female workers unequally for equal work, therefore any perceived pay gap is due to misunderstandings of statistical research or simply the choices made by women.
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The singular gender pay gap as currently perceived by the majority of people within society does not exist.

There is no single gender pay gap. There are multiple different pay gaps in different industries, some of which benefit women. The public perception of the gender pay gap, as perpetuated by feminists, is misleading.
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The Argument

A singular gender pay gap does not exist. There is a 9.1% gender pay gap in full-time work that favors men, while there is simultaneously a 5.1% pay gap in part-time work that favors women, according to the Office for National Statistics [1] This means that there are multiple different pay gaps in different industries, and it is possible for these pay gaps to actually benefit women more so than men. By repeatedly claiming that there is one gender pay gap and that women earn 80 cents for every dollar a man earns, the feminist movement is misleading people who now believe that women are consciously and arbitrarily being paid less by their employers simply because they are women. Women in full-time work earn 80 percent of the median earnings of male full-time workers. This is not the same as women earning 80 cents for every dollar a man earns for doing the same exact work, proven by the fact that women sometimes earn more than men on average.

Counter arguments

Women earning more on average in part-time work is most likely due to there just being more women in part-time work than men. There are several possible explanations, including that women are more likely to do part-time work so they can raise their children at the same time. Women might also be more likely to work retail jobs that offer flexible part-time schedules, which would indicate that society is not doing enough to help women succeed in the professional business world. The fact that more women work part-time than men should not be used to insinuate that there is no gender pay gap or no systemic gender bias in favor of men- if anything, it should further prove that women are not being given access to the same resources needed to succeed and earn a decent income.


[P1] There is no singular gender pay gap in which women always earn less than men. [P2] Women in part-time work actually earn more on average than men in part-time work, which debunks the perception that women are being paid 80 cents for every dollar a man is paid for the exact same job.

Rejecting the premises


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