Sunday, August 05, 2007

Let's Not Get Too Hysterical About Women's Pay Yet...

City Gals Paid More Than Men Folk?

After reading the recent NYTimes article that points to the fact that female 20-somethings seem to be out-earning men in major US cities, I wasn't quite sure what to think. I couldn't quite put my finger on it (I haven't looked at the cited study or run the numbers myself), but something seemed fishy in the interpretation. Luckily, the feminist blogosphere had my back and catalogued many of the suspect conclusions and the potential consequences of such reportage.

With a link to an excellent analysis of the article at the WIMN's Voices Group Blog, Girl with Pen bemoans the "backlashy" potential that such articles can have in the mainstream media in terms of becoming fodder for anti-feminist pundits. Ann over at Feministing emphasizes the ways in which the "trend" cited by the Times seems to conflict with what's going on more generally on the national level. More links to come - I hope! level...age...gender...marital status...The Times article seemed to touch on some of these factors, but I feel that these demographic categories and others, such as race and socioeconomic background, need to be carefully considered before any rhetorical battles about the achievement, or lack, of pay equity are to be had. Let's not get hysterical here, let's just get the facts, ma'am...

The Numbers Guy sets things straight over at the Wall Street Journal: Although you can look at statistics in various different ways, the fact is that men are still being paid more than women. Which leaves us with the question...Why was this NYTimes article so "newsworthy"? I spy sexism?

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