Comedy duo Soren & Jolles took to the streets of New York City trying to raise over $800 billion to combat the gender pay gap myth. Yeah, we know (see WAGE GAP? Female CEOs Make More Than Male CEOs. Waaaay More and What Wage Gap? Everything Wrong With HuffPo’s Feminist Video Starring Kristen Bell).
But let’s see what they come up with.
“If I said 77 cents was equal pay for equal work, then I completely misspoke. So let me just apologize and say that I certainly wouldn’t have meant to say that. Seventy-seven cents captures the annual earnings of full-time, full-year women divided by the annual earnings of full-time, full-year men,” Stevenson clarified. “There are a lot of things that go into that 77-cents figure, there are a lot of things that contribute and no one’s trying to say that it’s all about discrimination, but I don’t think there’s a better figure.”
Wait, that blurb isn’t from the video. It’s from Betsey Stevenson, a member of the OBAMA White House Council of Economic Advisers admitting that the statistic is made up. Well, not “made up,” as much as grossly misinterpreted as PolitiFact points out.
The 77-cent figure is real, but it does not factor in occupations held, hours worked or length of tenure. Describing that statistic as referring to the pay for women “doing the same work as men” earns it a rating of Mostly False.
But at least the video worked from a comedic standpoint.
Yeah, we got nothing.
Except despite the myth being busted multiple times by multiple people, feminists continue to beat the war drum. It’s almost like they want to believe the myth is true so they can whine about it into perpetuity. And in this case, make money from it. Good job, gullible men.