Thursday, January 7, 2016

Gap, not the store.

I opened the Guardian and read an article where Chris Rock laments Jennifer Lawrence questioning why she bitched about why she and her female co-star were not being paid commensurately with her white male co-stars there is a point -  those are white people problems. But in reality is he in any better place to discuss and debate the issue of wages and salary, he of the celebrity class? It seems a tad disingenuous and disconnected.

Mr. Rock too needs a dose of shut the fuck up as I have not seem him front line in any #BlackLivesMatter march or $15/hour pay strike.  Perhaps he should ask actors such as Sidney Pointier or even Samuel L Jackson their thoughts or parity and equality when it comes to wages and roles in films for men of color.  I am sure they have plenty to say or not as they would have if they felt it necessary to do so.

Then we have the fall back from Patricia Arquette who during her Oscar speech demanded equal pay for equal work, she did not specify or demand that it also be applied to those of color, I thought that was implicit with regards to that matter but directly about gender.  Sorry she did not go into the specifics of race and ethnicity. Really that matters?

Then at the Emmy's Viola Davis pointed out that roles for women and those of color are needed. Here here but did she speak about Asian women, Indian Women, Native American Women, Latino Women, American Samoan, and everyone else in between? She didn't. That bitch!

So when I read this report this morning I was not surprised. It is about career choices. Now if we had more women entering largely male dominated fields - such as engineering, architecture, construction and they were being paid less than there equal counterparts - meaning age, experience and education (and yes kids age matters in those fields) - then we could debate that issue.

As for Medicine that is a demand by specialty and the Doctor sets his/her rates in line with insurance and of course need, practice location and the complex formula that is utterly vague and non transparent which is why we have no idea what costs what in medical care.

The same goes with Law. Again that is a field that puts the CON in sistant.

As for Education well that is matter of public record and range is based solely on years of experience and degrees regardless of gender, utterly transparent and utterly non discriminatory. That is what you get when you have transparency about wages.  And frankly that is what we need  transparency and wage ranges for a position based on education and experience. Then that allows people to clearly know what a company is willing to pay and negotiate from that point. It can include benefits, pension, scheduling, parking, phone or whatever perks a company offers but the wages are clearly defined.

Then we have the issue of age and gender again. Women may start off the pike in a flying dive but end up in a belly flop if they take time off to have children and then the issue of child raising and costs cut into either wages or job security and seniority.  So this too becomes an issue of one's discontent.

For decades the choices of work in my generation was Doctor, Lawyer or Indian Chief.  Well not Indian so that ruled that out, did think of being a Lawyer and then worked with them and hated their guts (I spent a long summer photocopying disclosure for the King County Prosecutors Office it was then I knew that lawyers were fuckers and only later did I realize how we were all getting fucked regardless. Talk about foreshadowing) and no my experience with Doctors was also not great long before the medical malpractice.. talk about foreshadowing!

And without regular role models of women in work other than Nurses, Retail Clerks, Waitresses I had no career guidance  So by age 30 it was a process of elimination when my mother said I should go into food (which could mean waitress or grocer) or education and in turn I became a Teacher.  I had no role models there frankly and went to largely private schools so going into public education was utterly a new experience and did not come from any morality tome or savior role and it was the politics and bullshit that drove me out, not the kids.  And  now I am too old to give a shit and may or may not be employable all because my vadge no longer self moisturizes but I have decided to jump back into that labor pool.   Well in America we can still dream? How is that female Viagra doing. It should be a suppository and simultaneous lube then maybe men will still want to fuck us and we won't have to work.

And for those women who are not Asian or Indian, (that must be those Tiger Mothers!) we can call someone to be our international spokesperson. I am thinking a multiracial transgender woman who is also a lesbian. This should work.

Asian American women are closing the gap with white men, but that’s not the point

The Washington Post

On Monday, an economist at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute had something snarky to say about a new government report on the gap between men's and women's earnings.

Economist Mark Perry wrote that the median Asian American woman earns only about 3 percent less than the median American man, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The median Asian American woman also earns significantly more than the median black or Hispanic man in the United States.

“Do those pay disparities reflect gender discrimination against men? Or minority (Asian) privilege?” Perry quipped.

Perry was making a point about how statistics on the gender pay gap tend to be deployed in misleading ways. Full-time working women may earn 79 cents on the dollar compared to men, according to the Census, but that figure doesn’t take into account the gender differences in education and career choices, among other things.
But look within the data, and you see even more striking examples — which themselves reveal the different dynamics that explain why men and women of different backgrounds earn different wages.
Compared to non-Hispanic white men, Indian American women actually earn more on average, and Chinese American women earn about the same. (This is based on data on annual incomes from the 2014 American Community Survey, which are slightly different from the weekly wage data used by the BLS — but the idea is comparable.)

Education has a lot to do with the Asian-woman advantage. More than half of Asian Americans over 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to only 33 percent of non-Hispanic whites. And 21.8 percent of Asian Americans also have graduate or professional degrees, compared to 12.8 percent of non-Hispanic whites.

In other words, Asian Americans are 50 percent more likely to have bachelor's degrees, and nearly twice as likely to hold PhDs, law degrees, MBAs or MDs.

Educational attainment is even higher for some ethnic groups. About 72 percent of Indian Americans have four-year college degrees, and a whopping 40 percent have some professional or graduate degree.

Think about that stat for a second. Indian Americans are more likely to have advanced degrees than white Americans are likely to have finished college.

It’s not surprising then, that Asian Americans tend to out-earn other groups. It’s fairer to compare Asian American women to Asian American men, who have similar, if slightly higher rates of educational attainment. Here are the gender gaps within racial groups, according to the BLS report:

Compared to Asian American men, Asian American women only make 78 cents on the dollar, which is the largest gender gap among these racial and ethnic categories. The smallest gender gap was among African Americans — black women earn nearly 90 cents on the dollar compared to black men.

But this is still a crude way to control for the effect of education. We can break down the data further by looking only at college graduates.

Here, it becomes clear that Asian American women with college degrees or more are still at a significant disadvantage compared to non-Hispanic white and Asian American men. On the other hand, female Asian American college graduates are roughly on par with Hispanic and black men. The gender gap persists even if you concentrate on people with professional degrees, such as lawyers and doctors.

This just a tiny preview of the kind of slicing and dicing that economists have done trying to explain the gender wage gap.

Increasing education among women won’t help close that gap — women already graduate from college at higher rates than men. And as the data above show, female graduates still make less than men. Education helps explain why Asian women out-earn typical American men, but differences in education are not the reason women overall earn less than men.

Other explanations for the gender pay gap are more significant. Women tend to take time off to have kids, which impacts their career paths. Women also concentrate in less lucrative occupations and industries, in part because of their own preferences and in part because some male-dominated fields have historically excluded women.

Yet, after accounting for race, education, experience, career choice and so on, economists Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn found that about two-fifths of the gender pay gap remained unexplained by those factors, leaving gender discrimination as a major culprit. Other studies have found that the gender gap is even smaller if you control for college GPA, or take into account the fringe benefits offered in sectors dominated by women.

In many ways, though, this debate is a huge distraction.

Although it remains an open question how much of that 79-cents-on-the-dollar statistic reflects overt gender discrimination, the wide gap should still give us pause. If women are earning less than men because women disproportionately shoulder childcare responsibilities, or because women are systematically guided into less remunerative careers, that might be worth doing something about.

No comments:

Post a Comment