Plenty of liberal feminists mark Equal Pay Day as a sad event that women would have to work into 2021 to catch up with male earnings from 2020. Indeed, if the wage gap were actually what it is often presented to seem, as evidence of broad discrimination against women, then Equal Pay Day would be more than sad. It would be an outrage that would represent a violation of the existing laws that prohibit discrimination.
But that is not what the wage gap is at all. It is not a measure of equal pay for equal work. It is a comparison of averages which does not account for several factors that can affect pay. It is evidence not of discrimination but rather of the difference between women and men, and their approach to their careers. The key difference here is that women more often make the choice to dedicate more