Remember the "this is your brain on drugs" commercial from the '90s? Where the guy cracked an egg into a frying pan, stared at the camera, and said, "Any questions?" Well, this video is just like that.
*picks mic back up*
Apparently there are some questions.
The first is about the actual size of the gap. The above video builds on the most commonly used statistic: A woman makes 77 cents for every $1 a man earns. While that figure fluctuates from 77 to 80 cents depending upon the source, the reality is that even with a cent here and a cent there, according to American Association of University Women's "The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap," the gap has barely budged in a decade. So that's the point.
The second question is the doozy, often asked by people who want to deny the reality of gender bias and place blame for the disparity squarely on the shoulders of women:
"Don't women make less money because of their own choices?"
Sorry, no. The Center for American Progress recently debunked that myth completely. While the gender gap is caused by many factors, it cannot be explained away just by saying that women don't ask for higher salaries, don't go for the higher-paying jobs, and generally don't "lean in" enough.
A Bloomberg study showed that in 17 of 22 industries with all other factors being equal, women were offered lower starting salaries than men.
And while there are some choices that women make that influence this gap — namely the "choice" to take off time to care for children at a higher rate than men — only 10% of the difference can be attributed to this fact.
Overall, the data is clear: "At any education level, a man will make more than a woman. He'll also make more in any industry — including female-dominated ones — and virtually every job."
And if you want to nerd out and really have your mind blown, check out this video from Pew Research Center on the wage gap:
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