Elsewhere in the gender pay gap

We must take our silver linings where we find them, and here is one to gladden feminist hearts everywhere: The gender pay gap has fallen during the lockdown-induced recession. Look at median weekly earnings, and the gender pay gap has narrowed from some 81% to 84%. In the first quarter, men averaged $1,054 a week, in the second $1,092. Women moved from $852 to $914. We normally measure the gender pay gap as the average female wage as a percentage of average male wages, so that gap has closed substantially in just three months.

So, time to do the Happy Dance, right?

13 thoughts on “Elsewhere in the gender pay gap”

  1. Surreptitious Evil

    That’s incoherent. The gap has narrowed from 81 to 84%. WTAFF? Ignoring the facts around it being imbecilically wrong, nor rowing from 19 to 16% would have been meaningful.

  2. Where can I trade this “gap”? Not sure if I should buy or sell though…

    In other news, it’s very slow isn’t it? Everything seems predictable.

  3. Using the average female wage as a percentage of average male wage, is a good way of creating a difference where there may not be one. Comparing male & female wages of those doing the same job would show little difference (therefore giving no ammunition for grievances or generating false imbalances).

  4. More lower paid women losing their jobs pushing the average wage up as then higher earning public sector ones are safe.
    Let’s celebrate people being unemployed shall we

  5. Quite so – exactly the point I make, therefore obsessing about the gender pay gap might not be a good thing….

  6. Isn’t the median American astonishingly well paid these days?

    But what matter, when we could have equality of poverty instead.

  7. Heh, what’s the taxpayers money recipients gap by gender.

    Everyone knows women have used the ballot box to drain the wallets of productive men…..

  8. More lower paid women losing their jobs pushing the average wage up as then higher earning public sector ones are safe.
    Let’s celebrate people being unemployed shall we

    Third Wave Feminism is about the interests of the 1% who are female, so low paid women losing their jobs is a massive nothingburger to them.

  9. @ Rob
    So was first wave feminism: equal retirement & pension ages wasn’t welcome to female factory workers; only to the likes of Harriet Harperson.

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