This post was written by Ann Spangly
Women are claiming Donald Trump will “take away their rights,” while also saying women don’t have any rights.
Folks, women have more rights in the US than any other country. In fact, they have the exact same rights as men.
Fake news publications like CNN, Washington Post, NYTimes, ABC, will claim women don’t get paid as much as men.
That is false.
But the White House and others who promote the myth are manipulating statistics in a way to convince women that they are the victims of systematic societal discrimination, and, therefore, stand to benefit from further government action.
Using the statistic that women make 78 cents on the dollar as evidence of rampant discrimination has been debunked over and over again. That statistic doesn’t take into account a lot of choices that women and men make—education, years of experience and hours worked—that influence earnings. If we want to have a fruitful discussion about a gender wage gap, we should have it after the comparison is adjusted for those factors. In a 2013 Slate article, Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men, for example, wrote:
The official Bureau of Labor Department statistics show that the median earnings of full-time female workers is 77 percent of the median earnings of full-time male workers. But that is very different than “77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men.” The latter gives the impression that a man and a woman standing next to each other doing the same job for the same number of hours get paid different salaries. That’s not at all the case. “Full time” officially means 35 hours, but men work more hours than women. That’s the first problem: We could be comparing men working 40 hours to women working 35.
Women’s groups and politicians, including Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, continue to tell women they are making almost a quarter less than men and use this statistic to call for legislation enacting further government intervention in employer and employee relationships, such as the Paycheck Fairness Act.
This election cycle, young women have surprised many, especially Clinton, by getting beyond traditional feminist narratives. Young women in New Hampshire, for example, rejected Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s claim that young women had a duty to vote for Clinton. Albright went so far as to say, “And just remember there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.” Senator Bernie Sanders won 82% of women under 30 in New Hampshire.
College women who are already challenging Clinton’s narrative that they should vote for her because she is a woman should also question her use of the debunked gender pay gap claim.
An employer giving men more money would be sued by the labor department.
Also, there are many rights women have that men don’t.
Women can vote and not be forced to be drafted.
Women can call any sex they don’t like as rape. The FBI does not define male rape, only rape against a woman.
Regardless, here are some sweet liberal tears: