The rest of the story on pay fairness

April 19, 2014 

Here we go again. Another politician trying to divide the electorate for political gain. I am referring to the April 8 op-ed "Women deserve pay fairness," by Ann Callis, Democratic candidate for Illinois Congressional District 13. Here are some facts I wish she had considered.

Men are twice as likely as women to work more than 40 hours a week. When marriage and children enter the picture, many women choose to stay home to provide childcare. This takes mothers out of the labor force. When they return they have less work experience than similarly-aged males. Further, many working mothers seek jobs that provide more flexible hours. But not all jobs are flexible, and those that are often pay less.

College majors also matter. Historically, women opt for degrees in sociology, education or liberal arts that have less demand in the labor market and therefore command lesser wages.

Finally, risk also plays a role. Jobs such as loggers, miners and iron workers are predominantly male and account for 92 percent of all work-related deaths. Dangerous jobs pay more.

All of these factors contribute to wage inequality, but it's not a result of employment discrimination.

The law she endorses is bogus and will not encourage businesses to start hiring.

I want to be treated fairly in the workplace, but I don't want another politician who ignores facts. I want a problem-solver who unites both men and women, not a demagogue who drives us apart. Haven't we had enough of that?

Mallory Hayes

Belleville

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