Carrie Lukas’s Wall Street Journal piece on Equal Pay Day, a feminist “holiday” built on faulty use of numbers, struck a chord with many readers.
Carrie debunked the notion that women earn less than men because of sexual discrimination. This is known as the wage gap. Even a recent study showing that childless urban women between the ages of 20 and 30 actually earn 8 percent more than their male counterparts has not dissuaded movement feminists from whining about the wage gap.
Of course, the real reason that women tend to earn statistically slightly less than men is that women make different choices. Mollie Hemingway, who blogs at Richochet, comments on the matter of personal choices and the economic results:
This is obvious — just last week I turned down a rather nice high-paying job because it would require me to get full-time childcare and I prefer to stay home with my young children for a good chunk of the day.
What many feminists don’t realize is that women such as myself make this choice because it’s a wise economic decision for us and for our families.
IWF has been making these arguments for years. We think it’s important to get the facts in circulation because feminists call upon government to remedy this non-problem with unnecessary new rules and regulations. We do think the public, when presented with the right information, will come to the right conclusion.
One blogger, who teaches moral theology, admits that Carrie’s piece has made him think:
I tell my students that there is…and it is a working presumption in my classroom when we talk about structural sin and catholic social teaching. But Carrie Lukas of the Wall Street Journal has written an article that has complicated the issue for me….
Carrie didn’t make a convert. But she did make somebody think in a new way.