Women place a much higher value on pleasant working conditions in a clean, comfortable, air-conditioned office with congenial co-workers. Men, on the other hand, are more willing to endure unpleasant working conditions in order to earn higher pay, doing dirty, dangerous outside work. In 2012, men suffered 92 percent of deaths on the job.
The pay gap between men and women is not all bad, because it helps to promote and sustain marriages. Since husband and wife generally pool their income into a single economic unit, what really matters is the combined family income, not the pay gap between them. The real economic story of the past 30 years is that women’s pay has effectively risen to virtual equality with men, but men’s pay has stagnated and thousands of well-paid blue collar jobs have been shipped overseas to low-wage countries. The best way to improve economic prospects for women is to improve job prospects for men in their lives. It’s time to retire the false hood that women make only 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. It’s just not true.
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