So who is right? It shouldn’t be hard to tell if there is a broad pattern of wage discrimination against women in the workplace: All we have to do is compare the earnings of never-married women to those of never-married men. If there is discrimination based on gender, single women should make less. What are the numbers when we take marriage out of the equation?
● “Today, among men and women living alone from the age of 21-35, there is no wage gap.”
● “Among college-educated men and women between 40 and 64 who have never married, men made an average of $40,000 a year and women made an average of $47,000!”
Of course, there are individual examples of discrimination in the workplace, against women and others. They should be corrected. However, if it were true at large that women were 25% cheaper to hire than men for the same jobs, wouldn’t greedy, Republican businessmen fire every male and hire an all-female workforce? And women are owners or half-owners of nearly 46% of businesses nationwide. It is hard to believe that women are discriminating against themselves.
In my rush to stop Maddow from challenging us to solve a problem we do not have, and unknowingly fabricating evidence of the Republican war on women, I did something wrong, however. I interrupted her and I apologize for that.
If she does a segment on her show about the legitimate causes of wage disparity, I’ll be sure to watch. But please don’t tell my bosses at CNN.
Alex Castellanos is a Republican media consultant and co-founder of Purple Strategies. Follow him on Twitter at @alexcast.