The Corner

The Perennial Canard of ‘Equal Pay’

In a State of the Union brimming with double-speak and misleading statements, it was easy to overlook the president’s repetition of the tired canard that somehow “equal pay for equal work” still eludes women. He slipped it in in the middle, between the bold proclamation that we need to “encourage the talent and ingenuity of every person,” and a call for supporting those who aspire to be “the next Steve Jobs.”

In giving the shout-out to the cause of “equal pay,” he checked off one box from what must be a long list of “must mentions” for any Democrat delivering such an address.

Corner readers surely know that work and lifestyle choices — not systematic discrimination — drive differences in the average pay of men and women. Women take more time off from work, gravitate toward more stable, safer, lower-paying jobs, and work fewer hours than men do, so it’s hardly a surprise that they tend to earn less. When women make different choices, you see different outcomes. And in fact, younger women without children living in urban areas are increasingly out-earning their male counterparts. And of course, sex discrimination is already illegal, and those laws provide workers who are truly paid less for equal work with recourse.

Class warfare, not the battle between the sexes, underpinned the president’s address, and for good reason. Women’s unemployment rate has consistently remained below men’s during this economic downturn. Women’s higher rate of academic achievement suggests that the next generation of working women will continue to gain in the economy, while men struggle.

So the real question is, when will Democrats finally be allowed to drop this tired feminist mantra from major political addresses?

— Carrie Lukas is the managing director of the Independent Women’s Forum

Carrie Lukas — Carrie Lukas is the president of the Independent Women’s Forum.

Most Popular


The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More
Film & TV

Why We Can’t Have Wakanda

SPOILERS AHEAD Black Panther is a really good movie that lives up to the hype in just about every way. Surely someone at Marvel Studios had an early doubt, reading the script and thinking: “Wait, we’re going to have hundreds of African warriors in brightly colored tribal garb, using ancient weapons, ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Science & Tech

Set NASA Free

The Trump administration has proposed shifting the International Space Station from a NASA-exclusive research facility to a semi-public, semi-private one. Its plan would nix all government funding for the ISS by 2025 and award at least $150 million per year to NASA to help with the transition. This would be a ... Read More