Following the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that she believes that it is no longer necessary to advocate for equal pay for equal work. Instead, the congresswoman believes women should be paid at least twice as much as men.
“At this point we shouldn’t even be asking for #EqualPay for the #USWMNT – we should demand they be paid at least twice as much.”
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 7, 2019
It should be noted that the gender wage gap is a myth. It is true that women earn about 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. However, that figure does not take into account all variables. Once education, occupation, position, total hours worked per week, etc. are considered, the gender wage gap essentially vanishes. In fact, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 prohibits pay discrimination based on gender.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez must have really minored in Economics because no credible economist takes the gender wage gap seriously.
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