Well, it looks as though men on average really do put in more hours on the job than women–so there's a reason for that "79 cents."
Employed men work an average of 42 minutes per day more than their female counterparts, according to the 2015 American Time Use Study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And while that’s partially due to more women working part-time jobs than men, even among full-time employees men worked 8.2 hours per day compared to women’s 7.8 hours.
Hand-wringing over the so-called "gender pay gap" is a favorite theme of feminists despite overwhelming evidence that the reason women earn only 79 cents for men's dollar iis clearly connected to the choices that women and men make about the kind of work they want to do. For example, here's the Huffington Post's Catherine Pearson earlier this year:
Pay gap deniers love to dispute the claim that, on average, women in the United States make 79 cents for every dollar a man earns, arguing that it is a misleading oversimplification. “Few experts dispute that there is a wage gap, but differences in the life choices of men and women — such as women tending to leave the workforce when they have children — make it difficult to make simple comparisons. That’s what’s so facile about repeatedly citing ‘78 cents,’” argued a 2015 Washington Post article. (Since that piece came out, the figure increased from 78 to 79 cents.)
When even the liberal Washington Post agrees that lifestyle choices have a good deal to do with pay inequality, isn't it time to pay some attention to the so-called "deniers"? Their argument is that while men and women may technically be performing the same job, women generally choose employment where the the hours are shorter, the vacations longer, and the wages and benefits are more secure–so they can devote more time to their homes and families. There's a reason why, among lawyers, for example, you'll see more women working 9-5 for government agencies, and more men working as trial lawyers and taking on the risks, the grueling hours, and the feast-or-famine compensation that the title entails.
And now a government study proves the obvious: that the harder you work at your job, the higher your earnings are likely to be.
The Time Use Study also found the following;
Additionally, 50 percent of women said they did some housework, such as cleaning or laundry, every day, while only 22 percent of men said the same. And 70 percent of women said they prepped or cleaned up food in an average day, while 43 percent of men said the same.
Men were slightly more likely than women to participate in yard work — 12 percent to 8 percent.
Women with children under 6 years old spend about an hour a day providing physical care to children, such as bathing or feeding them. Men in the same category spent 25 minutes per day on physical care.
The typical feminist take on this division of labor is that women are somehow forced to do housework and care for children, either by societal expectations or by the fact that husbands refuse to their "fair share." But maybe it–like the fact that men put in longer hours on their jobs outside the home–has more to do with the sexes' personal inclinations and choices. Such as the fact that women generally like to have cleaner houses and laundry than men, and that yardwork comports better with men's generally superior physical strength.
Why not recognize that in most marriages both partners are already doing their "fair share"–on their own terms? And that a lot of women view getting paid a little less for their work outside the home is a fine trade-off for the time they get to spend inside their homes?