FALSEHOOD #29: Biden falsely claimed that there’s a gender wage gap in this country.
“Closing the gender pay gap is more than just an economic imperative — it’s a moral imperative as well… For every dollar the typical man who works full-time full-year earns in America, a woman earns 82 cents… Equal pay is about justice, fairness, and who we are as a nation — it makes all of us stronger, and it represents what America is truly about. Passing the Paycheck Fairness Act is an essential step, but we still have a lot more work to do to ensure that our daughters have all of the same rights and opportunities as our sons.”
Biden made this false claim on April 15, 2021, during a White House briefing.
EXPLANATION: The gender wage gap has repeatedly been disproven. For starters, there isn’t a gap in wages; according to the Equal Pay Act of 1963, it’s illegal to pay men and women differently for doing the same thing. The actual gap is in overall salary (a salary gap), but upon further investigation, there’s nothing discriminatory about this. Most of the salary gap is explained by men, on average, being more likely to work more hours than women. Other factors that explain men having higher salaries are the fact that men are less likely to be absent, men are more likely to gravitate towards higher paying careers (like Petroleum Engineers, Architects, and Aerospace Engineers), men are more likely to travel for work, men are more likely to ask for a raise, men are more likely to work physically demanding jobs, and men are more likely to work dangerous jobs.
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