Women of the world, rejoice.
All those years you thought you made less money than guys doing the same job as you?
Turns out you’re not the victim of a gender pay gap, but a ‘leftist false narrative’, says Blake Masters, one of several Arizona Republicans hoping to unseat the senator Democrat Mark Kelly this fall.
Masters is a 35-year-old venture capitalist, a political neophyte who hopes to bring his mentor Peter Thiel’s millions into the US Senate. He’s spent a lot of time lately explaining to us ladies that we have no constitutional right to abortion or birth control (although thankfully he assures us he’s not trying to ban condoms).
“Men do the most dangerous jobs,” Masters said.
Now, in a video released Wednesday by NBC’s Vaughn Hillyard, Masters explains why it’s not necessary to state in the Constitution that we should have the same rights as men.
“Women are not paid less in America than men,” Masters said at a February candidates’ forum in Scottsdale. “It’s a leftist narrative, this gender pay gap. When you control professions, when you control people who take time for, you know, children at birth, things are actually pretty even. And men do the most dangerous jobs.
Like, for example, explaining to women how we are really, really well paid, considering who we are and what we do?
The masters just kept digging.
“The men are the ones doing the risky, you know, crabbing in Alaska,” he explained during that Feb. 4 forum. “And sometimes those jobs pay more. Sometimes those jobs pay more, and so I think we need to push back against the false leftist narrative that women don’t have the same rights in this country.
Meanwhile, here in the real world, study after study shows that while the gender pay gap has narrowed over time, it still exists and hasn’t budged in the past 15 years. It’s a big deal when you’re a single mom who has to work an extra 42 days just to match a male colleague’s salary.
Or longer, if you’re a woman of color.
The pay gap between men and women is narrowing, but it still exists
Women earned 84% of what men earned in 2020, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of median hourly earnings of full-time and part-time workers.
The US Census Bureau, in its study of full-time, full-year employees, reports that women earned 83 cents for every dollar earned by men in 2020.
Part of this is, no doubt, attributable to differences in education, occupation and the demands of motherhood. But studies have shown that the gender pay gap exists even among workers doing the same job, in the same place, for the same employer.
“In the United States, men earn an average of 24.1% more base salary than women in Glassdoor salaries,” according to a study by Glassdoor, a job website. “That amounts to women earning about 76 cents for every dollar earned by men. However, once we compare workers of similar age, education and years of experience, this gap narrows to 19.2%. Going further, when we compare workers with the same job title, same employer, and same location, the gender pay gap in the United States is about 5.4%.
In other words, it still exists.
I called Masters on Thursday, hoping to speak to him about his perspective on the seemingly non-existent gender gap and where he gets his information. If he answers me, I will update.
In the meantime, consider that the median salary for men in Arizona was $50,068 in 2020, according to the Census Bureau. Women, meanwhile, only earned $41,617.
Obviously, we women have to go to the desert and fish for crabs.
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