The Big Myth: Wage Gaps

On CNBC this afternoon, I was listening to Suze Orman talk about the wage gap between men and women. Although she admits that the economy is on fire, she continues to whine about the 20% gap between male and female wages.

Sigh. Y’all have no idea how weary am I to hear this non-truth again and again especially from an economically savvy woman such as Orman.

Here are the facts:

I made more than most men in my corporate environment because I had a husband who traveled 200 days a year and had no children. I worked 60-70 hours a week and that was rewarded. Other women don’t always have that option and should never be criticized for their choices. They also shouldn’t expect to make as much as the individual who works longer hours.

My favorite example is Carly Fiorina who shares three children with her equally successful husband. When she was offered the CEO position at HP she and her husband decided he should retire to run the household so she could devote herself to her new position. She wasn’t as successful at HP as I would have liked, but I respect the decision that she and her spouse made.  She realized that one individual can’t always “have it all” and sacrifices from one partner need to be made if you choose to have a family.


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26 thoughts on “The Big Myth: Wage Gaps”

  1. EThompson:
    I’m probably the only woman in America who actually enjoyed the wolf whistles from a construction site directly in front of my office. 🙂

    I’ve had a number of women admit privately they appreciated wolf whistles.  It may be a lewd compliment, but it is a compliment.

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