The Gender Pay Gap Myth

The BBC has a number of articles on its website to mark “Equal Pay Day”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41805053

Campaigners highlight 10 November as the point in 2017 when a woman on an average wage stops being paid relative to their male counterparts.

But in some parts of the UK, the gender pay gap is so wide, it is as though women work unpaid from September.

This is complete nonsense. There is no gender pay gap. Men and women are paid the same for working the same number of hours in the same job. That is the law.

There is a gender earnings gap because women are choosing to do different jobs from men for a smaller number of hours. This is almost entirely due to women with children working part time and closer to home. Young single women earn the same or more than men the same age. Couples are deciding freely how to divide up work and childcare responsibilities. No one is being discriminated against.

Why does the BBC not publish data on the gender spending gap caused by men working longer hours further from home to provide money for the mothers of their children to spend, while the men are working and commuting? Spending is surely a more realistic measure of economic power than earning.

It would be closer to the truth to say that women stop working on 10 November and spend the rest of the year shopping and playing with the kids. (Though that too would be tendentious of course).

The “gender pay gap” is a divisive feminist myth and the BBC should stop reporting it as fact.

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