BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 21: Demonstrators attend the 'Equal Pay Day' demonstration on March 21, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The annual event recognizes the wage gap between the sexes in the country, where women's salaries still lag behind that of men, particularly in the states that were once East Germany.  (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Shove Your ‘Equal Pay Day’ – the Gender Pay Gap Is a Myth

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By Izzy Lyons | 5:29 am, November 11, 2016

Apparently, I am now working for free until 2017.

Yesterday, dubbed “National Equal Pay Day” by feminist campaigners, took the time to inform me of my earning incompetence in a bid to end the “scandalous” gender pay gap.

Guardianistas were pencilling it in as national holiday as they continue to distort the waters surrounding gender equality.

The truth about the gender pay gap? It’s a myth.

Based on an array of questionable statistics, the movement to end financial inequality in the work place is at major fault for three main reasons:

Type of employment

The “gender pay gap” we read about usually conjures up a scare figure with no consideration of what *type* of work people are doing.

In a recent report, the Office for National Statistics explored the most up to date figures surrounding the overly debated issue. They stated:

“It should be noted that the figures do not show differences in rates of pay for comparable jobs, as they are affected by factors such as the proportion of men and women in different occupations. For example, a higher proportion of women work in occupations such as administration and caring, that tend to offer lower salaries.”

So, as the report highlights, it’s not a case of women earning less than men, but rather choosing employment that tends to pay less. This may well be another war that needs to be waged, it has nothing to do with equal pay. So go and draw the battle lines elsewhere.

Motherhood

One thing women are great at (always have been, always will be) is having babies. This biological necessity means that women are more likely to take time off to have children – considering they are the only sex that can do it.

The statistics also neglect the factor of part-time employment, a popular choice after motherhood. It’s a no-brainer that fwerer hours = less money. However, these income-reducing factors are not taken into account.

A woman aged 22-29? You legend, you

Remember those people in the newspapers telling all us young, twenty-something women that we are weak, oppressed employees being strangled at the hands of the patriarchal gender pay gap? Yeah well they’re wrong.

Not only are young British women today completely exempt from this income inequality nonsense, but we’ve managed to reverse it altogether.

According to a report last year, women in the 22-29 bracket earn £1,111 more annually than their male peers – and long may it continue. This is something to be celebrated, not overlooked for an “inequality” that we triumphed years ago.

Motherhood, part-time work and the history-busting young’uns are all overlooked in the hyperbolic claims of financial inequality in the modern British workplace.

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