… data. Men work longer hours than women do and choose specialties that require more responsibility. For example, more women are now attending medical school than men, but they gravitate towards areas such as pediatrics rather than cardiology and neurosurgery, which carry greater risks and responsibilities, have more demanding hours (see here and here), and as a consequence, pay more.
See, the way I understand equal pay to mean has nothing to do with these statistics. Equal pay means that two people, performing the same job, working the same number of hours, with equivalent education, experience, and dedication, should receive the same paycheck.
Not that a pediatrician should be paid the same as a neurosurgeon.
If I’m wrong about that, then I don’t understand.
Now, I get that the data you’re citing is the data being used to refute the validity of the pay gap. I just think it’s completely the wrong data to be looking at because it misses the whole point.
If the woman who just replaced the man who moved to another state is equal to him in every other way exclusive of gender, then her starting wage, taking into account any COL or other economic fluctuations, should be equivalent to what his starting wage was.
And that’s not happening.