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Obama to push myths about working women in Florida

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President Obama will be in Florida on Thursday to speak at Valencia Community College in Orlando about challenges that women face.

Challenges like equal pay and getting more women access to higher education.

This would be a good time to, once again, dispel the unequal pay myth that Obama and Democrats harp on. No, women do not make 77 cents to the dollar that men make, and no matter how many times Obama makes this claim, it will not be true.

The American Association of University Women — a feminist organization — conducted a study in 2012 that found when controlling for differences in men and women like occupation and college majors, the supposed wage gap shrinks to just 6.6 cents.

Further, the remaining 6.6 cents can't definitively be tied to discrimination, as the director of public policy and government relations at AAUW, Lisa Maatz, admitted to NPR (you have to click the “listen here” link).

And that 6.6 cent gap was found despite broad categories of college majors. The AAUW made headlines by claiming their study was an “apples to apples” comparison and found that one year out of college, women made 82 cents to the dollar that men made.

But that “apples to apples” comparison is misleading. The AAUW may have compared men and women with the same broad majors (like social science), but didn’t account for the specific area that each gender majored in. For example, the social science category included economics majors (mostly men) and sociology majors (mostly women). One of those careers pays far more than the other.

For a more detailed example, one category the AAUW looked at was “other white collar,” which included lawyers, librarians, athletes and media. So, as economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth pointed out, the AAUW study “compares the pay of male lawyers with that of female librarians; of male athletes with that of female communications assistants.”

Hardly an “apples to apples” comparison.

Which means that the 6.6-cent gap may be even smaller.

And as for increasing access for women to higher education, women already dominate men in the amount of degrees they earn.

“For the current graduating class of 2013, the Department of Education estimates that women will earn 61.6 percent of all associate's degrees this year, 56.7 percent of all bachelor's degrees, 59.9 percent of all master's degrees, and 51.6 percent of all doctor's degrees,” wrote American Enterprise Institute scholar Mark Perry. “Overall, 140 women will graduate with a college degree at some level this year for every 100 men.”

I suspect Obama will focus on minority women when it comes to college access.

And to show just how little Obama cares for the facts or this issue - after just three hours in Orlando he will jet off to a fundraiser in Miami. Priorities!

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