What Everyone’s Missing In the “Equal Pay” Debate

As always, Mollie Hemingway knows the score.

Though the lie about women making 77 cents for every dollar a man makes for the same exact work has been repeatedly debunked by many academics, this week was the first time that we saw the media really hold partisans accountable for spreading the false statistic for political gain.

Today, then, we have some partisan media types spinning the aftermath of the talking point’s dramatic implosion.

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OK, so we can no longer pretend that women are making the same decisions men do about what they seek out of work. So let’s — and here’s where it gets foggy — do something at the federal level to “value” teachers more and petroleum engineers less. Otherwise we’re “blaming” women for their choices in which professions they choose.

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