Well, no, actually

Here’s the bottom line. The gender pay gap is wrong. It’s illegal, unjust, rampant and downright oppressive and, as my interviews and research consistently seemed to corroborate, serves as yet another example of how American society often explicitly communicates to Black women – and the families that we disproportionately support despite our economic challenges – that we are not valuable and that we don’t matter.

As Claudia Goldin keeps pointing out once you control for age, education, family status, time in workforce, geographic location and all that there isn’t in fact a gender pay gap.

11 thoughts on “Well, no, actually”

  1. You’re assuming that she’s speaking to an audience for whom objective facts matter in the slightest. She’s not.

    And why on earth does the ‘Guardian’ picture editor use a UK Tube image to illustrate a US-centric article?

  2. Christ, I just made the mistake of reading the article.

    “Because I’m like, ‘how in the world am I getting paid a significant amount less than him?’”

    Maybe because he’s not a moron prone to resign in a hissy fit that he’s not being paid what he feels he’s worth? And if you really felt you were worth more, why take a job that pays less…?

    “Painstakingly producing 12 episodes mostly from home with the support of two women editors, who like me were novices in podcasting and also working remotely in the midst of quarantine, provided me with new insight into the struggles my Black sisters face. “

    Ahahahahahahah! This has to be a parody, surely?

  3. See, y’all are stuck in your equality > equity mindset. You want to “control for . . . education, family status, time in workforce, geographic location and all that”, and they don’t think that’s right because so many of those factors are put into play through racism to begin with.

    It’s turtles all the way down.

  4. JuliaM- lol. yep. Chandra advances the single parent stats and then QEDs to that’s why sistas should be given mo money. Does she consider its a handicap that is preventing the earning of more money? No, she doesn’t. And at this point i wonder whether she’s able to. She used the elephant for a non argument and then put it back in the corner of the room to be ignored.

  5. They need control for willingness to do jobs that involve almost freezing to death while getting covered in oil and mud too.

  6. It’s time to pay us what we’re worth

    Be careful what you wish for…

    @ JuliaM:

    You’re assuming that she’s speaking to an audience for whom objective facts matter in the slightest. She’s not.

    Correct. Black Americans consistently test as having a very high sense of self-worth. This may not always align with reality, leading to articles like the one Tim links to.

    Related:

    Black teens score high in self-esteem

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/jun/04/anthonybrowne.sarahryle

    Black individuals have been found to report the highest levels of self-esteem of any racial group in the United States.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0092656611000912

  7. We’ve never paid people what they are worth, we’ve always paid people what the work is worth. Once you start assigning worth to *people* that’s the slippery slope to the soap mines.

  8. I pay only what I have to pay to get what I want.

    If you’re offering 85 cents on the dollar for the same work – I’m going to hire you. And I’m going to pay YOUR asking price.

    Don’t expect me to read your mind and coddle you.

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