By NeW Intern Nicole Johnson
American women today have amazing opportunities to succeed. These successful, professional women in our lives are our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, and fellow girlfriends. Women’s education levels and professional status continue to progress.
Lukas and Schaeffer begin with a 2010 quote from President Obama saying,
I ran for President to put the same rights, the same dreams, and the same opportunities within the reach of our daughters and our sons alike (15).
Well, Mr. President, I think you have forgotten what year it is.
Don’t women already have the same rights, the same dreams, and the same opportunities as men. Doesn’t the Constitution apply to the sexes equally? Haven’t women had the right to vote since 1920? Women go to school, women work alongside and even in positions above their male counterparts. Challenges that women face today are not as extreme as President Obama would like his constituents to believe.
As Lukas and Schaeffer astutely note,
sexism lingers in some corridors; female public figures often face insults and attacks based on their sex; and, we have a culture that sexualizes girls and women, threatening their well-being(15).
But, women should not let these facets affect them. They should not use these examples to argue that their gender limits their opportunities for success.
The decisions that you make, as well as how hard you work and your natural talents, will drive the course you take during life (16).
Lukas and Schaeffer dive into statistics galore of how successful women have become in the workforce. The percentage of women making up the workforce today has increased by 13% since 1950. Even better,
women today hold more than half of all managerial and professional positions (16).
Women are increasingly becoming the driving force of our national economy, too. Economic sectors that are female dominated, such as health care and education, are growing. In the contrary, male dominated economic sectors, such as manufacturing and construction, are suffering.
The authors note that the Left will
suggest that women are coerced into lower-paying job sectors (19).
The Left will equate that to be the reason why women still earn, on average, less than men. What these left-wing earnest believers do not factor into the equation is that,
women spend an average of 5 percent less time on the job each day than men do (18).
So when the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates the wage gap between men and women, they are not accounting for the difference in time worked between two full-time workers. If two employees have the same pay rate and one works 5 percent more hours than the other, of course there will be a discrepancy between the two incomes.
Another important factor is that
female students often consider ‘non-pecuniary’ issues like parental approval and enjoyment of future work when choosing a major, while their male colleagues are more concerned with salaries and status (19).
Women inherently have different wants and job characteristics they take into consideration when contemplating different professions. The choices
women tend to make about how much to work and what kind of work to perform [drives] differences in earnings—not discrimination (20).
Telecommuting has also been a break through for women in the workforce. It allows for a family and work balance. Women are afforded
more flexibility to take care of other responsibilities” when they work from home (23).
The hour flexibility is crucial for women who want to be involved in their children’s daily lives, which is why
an increasing number of employers are allowing for telecommuting as a way to attract talented employees (24).
Employers are aware of the positive impact many women have in their workforce, which is why workplace hours are increasingly becoming more flexible.
Lukas and Schaeffer’s evidence shows us that women do have the same opportunity in America as men and a great number of them are making the most of it. Men and women are different and have different aspirations in life. The opportunities both sexes hold are the same; it’s what we choose to do with our opportunity that positions us down a certain path.
What are your thoughts thus far?
- Why do some groups in society struggle to accept that men and women have different desires and goals?
- Could you see yourself as a telecommuter? Why or why not? Are there any other pros or cons that Lukas and Schaeffer did not discuss that would play a role in women’s lives?
- How can we further incentivize conservative women to become public figures with the aggressive, insulting character of today’s media?
- How should conservatives fight today’s “culture that sexualizes girls and women”?