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Gender wage gap myths disproved by research

There is an info-graphic floating around on the internet accusing society of mixing up the gender wage gap by using the explanation of, “Men work longer hours and are more likely to spend the majority of their adult lives in an office, so naturally they get paid more. They put in more hours.”

This fluffed by the argument that men put in those hard-earned hours at high-end jobs that are demand tears and sweat from each of their workers, male or female.

I don’t disput that high-end jobs don’t lead to an aggressive 6-figure salary, but I do feel uncomfortable handing men all the credit.

Let’s backtrack for a minute.

A boy and a girl go the same public elementary school, same high school and end up studying at a university that is of the same caliber in admission standards and both nationally recongnized. They both major in the same thing, and to push my point forward further, a major related in the STEM field. [I choose this field because many high paying jobs come from STEM related areas.]

The space for each student to learn, grow and network is supposedly the same and equal.

However,according to research done by American Association of University Women, that said girl [who represents all white, able-bodied women in America] will experience a 90 percent wage gap until she turns 35 years old, where she will experience a larger wage gap, moving the percentage to in-between 70-80 percent. Overall, women are usually paid 78 percent to what every man makes.

The average wage gap is 22 percent between men and women based of consensus research.

Usually, research is hard to disput without bias, so I feel completely comfortable in saying that the info-graphic I stumbled on was completely false.

Men are a-typically encouraged to be clean cut and fresh the day of an interview. They are encouraged to wear a nice tie, a non-wrinkle shirt and some slacks. This seems simple and apporpriate enough.

Women are different, however. While they are encouraged to be clean and look well-rested, as anyone would be encouraged to, women are also pushed [may I even say demanded] to be prim and proper down to their fingernails.

Some of these instructions would include: Nothing flassy, but something that won’t let you fade into the background. Let the blouse hug your body, but not enough as to show cleavage. Let your heels be tall, but not long enough to look promiscuious. Let your fingernails be painted nicely, but nothing fake or too long as to scratch yourself or make the person you are speaking with uncomfortable.

I do not have anywhere to cite my sources, but I will let my own personal experiences do the talking.

It’s not the idea that women work hard, it’s the idea and the problem, that if a man and a woman work equally as hard, the men are the only ones that are allowed through the door.

Men many work longer hours at a higher paying job, but before you share a flashy infographic searching for an equality that isn’t there, know that women would be more than happy and motivated to take your place.

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