The Myth Of The “War On Women”

Earlier this week, in a transparent attempt to court the much-needed women vote, the White House sent out to it’s adoring fan club, an email enclosed with e-cards to send to friends discussing the rampant sexism present in the workplace in America. In an attempt to raise awareness of his support for the misleadingly-labeled Paycheck Fairness Act, President Obama sent out these cutesy cards with half-truths and flat-out lies about gender income inequality to stoke the flames of outrage amongst those who enjoy pretty pictures over substantive political discourse.

The email goes on to describe the supposed income gap (via Breitbart):

“It’s been nearly 50 years since Congress passed the Equal Pay Act, but today a woman who works full time still earns just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man.

That’s not just unfair. When women, who make up nearly half the workforce, bring home less money each day, it means they have less for the everyday needs of their families. That’s bad for kids, it’s bad for communities, and it’s bad for the entire country.”

So President Obama is supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is designed to update the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and help close the pay gap. Congress is scheduled to vote on the legislation this week.

To help raise awareness of pay discrimination and make it clear that it is a problem with serious consequences, we’ve put together a series of e-cards to highlight the issue.

Pick your favorite, then email it to your friends or share it online …”

After reading this, are you envisioning evil men with monocles and cigars in an “old boys club”, drinking brandy, counting money and plotting how they will keep women in submission through systemic discrimination? Well, don’t worry. The discrimination-based wage gap is a myth. Worse yet, the Department of Labor knows it. But creating a victimized class and then helping them gets more votes than speaking the truth.

According to the Department of Labor’s study of the disparity of pay between men and women [PDF]:

“There are observable difference in the attributes of men and women that account for most of the wage gap… A greater percentage of women than men tend to work part-time. Part-time work tends to pay less than full-time work. A greater percentage of women than men tend to leave the labor force for child birth, child care and elder care… Women, especially mothers, tend to value ‘family friendly’ workplace policies more than men. Some of the wage gap is explained by industry and occupation, particularly the percentage of women who work in the industry and occupation.”

In essence, it can be seen that there may be a pay gap, but there is no malice in this outcome. The report concludes that through different patterns of life choices and workplace selection women may earn less, overall. But this is not necessarily due to discrimination. The so-called Paycheck Fairness Act aims to address the equality of outcome, not the equality of opportunity. People make different choices and some lines of work pay more than others. As much as we may strive for a politically correct world- devoid of any labels or social obligations- women can still make different choices than men and vice-versa. But, as the Left relies so heavily on “victims” and class warfare, explaining the discrepancy of outcomes through rationality will not deliver the votes in November.

On June 5th, after the Senate failed to advance the Paycheck Fairness Act, leading Democrats tried to spin it into a “GOP vs. Women” issue. It is apparently impossible to get Obama to point to an achievement of his administration and keep the conversation on whether or not he is fit to keep his job. Everything the White House releases is a distraction from relevant issues.

So, it’s another swing and a miss for the Obama administration. It’s still five months away from the election. As desperation builds in the Obama campaign, things are gonna get real weird…

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