It’s the old chestnut – “Women earn 77% of what men earn for exactly the same work”. It’s a lie.
“But it must be true, because it’s quoted everywhere, right?” Wrong. Is there an earnings gap between men and women? Yes. Is it the 23% that is constantly quoted? No. Even if it were, it’s not as clear and simple as many feminist activists would have you believe and here’s why.
Please remember that in this article I will be addressing the scale of any earnings discrepancy. Are women being systematically paid less than men for the same work? This is not meant to address how we came to this position, just identifying what if any disparity exists in pay, and what accounts for it.