// Equal Pay for Women?//
I would of liked to make a video on this but currently cannot. So I decided to make a blog post.
I recently saw a tweet by Mr Barack Obama that said ” FACT: By age 65, a typical woman will have lost $431,000 over her working lifetime because of the earnings gap. #EqualPay “
Now that figure already seems incredibly large from my perspective but it’s apparently true. The problem I have with this is that we’ve got to ask ourselves why. Why is there such a huge earnings gap? And the stuff I write now will label me as a sexist by feminists but I do not care, only due to the fact that much of this is backed up.
Now as the tweet says, the earnings gap, not the pay gap. Women typically get paid the same but earn less. Why is that? Well what is the most important time in a womans life? When she becomes a mother. So we’ve got to account for maternity leave. So let us say that is a year which let us say she works a pretty good job, so £25,000 a year, which means she’s lost £25k ($38k) down. And the average TFR (Total Fertility Rate) for women in the UK and USA is 2-3 children. So just for this example as it is the same as my household, let’s say the woman has 3 children. that’s £75k ($115k) down.
Now you’ll say where is the rest of the money. Well more women attend University and College than Men so if the average University degree is 3 years and the man gets a full time job earning £12k a year, over the 3 years that is £36k for those who can’t do Maths and of course if the women doesn’t work a part time job while in Uni, she’s down -£16k before even working, again widening the earnings gap. So £127k ($195k) behind men.
And if you’re the most hardened of feminists you’ll say that’s still not $400k. And I’m going to carry on. Following this:
Men work 1.1 more hours than women if I’m correct. So that’s 1.1 more hour a week than women. Multiply that by 52 to get a year and we get 57.2. So let’s say a man works from 18 till he’s 65. So that’s 47 * 57.2 = 2688.4. Now again hopefully my math is correct. Let’s multiply 2688.4 by £6 (average hourly rate I’m assuming) = £16,000 (rounded down). So our total tally comes to £143k ($220k).
Still not $400k you could argue, but we’ve got to add in additional factors such as work bonuses, raises, men having more experience due to not going to uni so he climbs the higher ranks of a business thus earning himself more due to his experience. Other factors also include women are more likely to take time off of work and other such factors. So in the end I think it adds up and is fair.
I’m going to end on a controversial statement. I’m specifically saying that women should win less at Wimbledon than Men. Why do I say this? Women play 3 sets, men play 5. Is that not unfair? Shouldn’t women play 5 or shouldn’t men play 3? I mean if feminists argue for women to be equal to men then make it equal for men to win the same amount for doing the same amount of work. And vice versa.
And in the end, it all comes down to is business. Sport is just as much a business as Mcdonalds, KFC etc etc. So men have more screentime thus earning more for the channel who is broadcasting the event. It’s simple, you wouldn’t pay a woman the same amount as a man if she worked 30 hours and he worked 40 doing the same job.
I’ll end here but I just wanted to get this off my chest. Do not think of me as a sexist, I am very much for equality for all. But when factors I explain come into play, it’s hard to have statements such as “equal pay for women” when there’s not much you can do besides raising the minimum wage for women but then you’d be sexist towards men.