On the day liberals promoted as “Equal Pay Day,” a local news outlet misquoted wage statistics to help spread Democrat myths about the so-called gender “wage gap.” The simple fact is that no empirical evidence can be found to support their claims.

During a TV news report, NBC 5 in North Texas falsely claimed women are “paid less than men for equal work” prior to interviewing former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, who gleefully repeated the myth.

Davis, who was considered a “Democratic rising star” before losing the 2014 governor’s race by 20 points, gained political notoriety for filibustering a 2013 bill to prohibit unborn children from being aborted after five months of gestation. Naturally, the radical Left loves Davis.

Here are the facts that Democrats like Davis and their media allies ignore:

Texas women working full time do, in fact, earn roughly 79 cents for every dollar earned by men. Nationwide, females earn roughly 77 cents on the dollar relative to males. But these statistics only look at median wages paid to men and women. They don’t take into account a variety of key factors, such as profession, educational background, or even hours worked.

In other words, they’re meaningless for analyzing pay gaps between men and women for equal work.

Democrats are essentially arguing that the average female paralegal is underpaid because she earns less than the average male attorney – and then claiming it’s evidence of “gender discrimination.” Worse, this is passed off as “news.”

Neither Democrat politicians nor their partisan media friends appear concerned about facts. Both in Texas and across the country, they routinely misquote wage statistics to falsely claim misogyny is running rampant and resulting in women being unjustly underpaid.

Maybe it’s because they think voters are stupid. “Equal pay for equal work,” they say, despite the fact they quote a statistic that doesn’t even compare people working in similar jobs.

Their baseless claim is nothing more than a myth used to fuel a false feminist grievance for partisan advantage. It has not been substantiated by any scholarly research or academic study. In fact, the research says the opposite.

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor examined 50 peer-reviewed studies on the wage gap and concluded that the 23-cent gap “may be almost entirely the result of individual choices made by both males and females.” These “choices” include the college majors students choose and the professions they pursue, among others.

The Democrats’ slogan should be “Equal pay for unequal work.” Then again, that’s not compelling enough to get anyone’s political base fired up against the other team.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.


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