It seems that women these days have absolutely no control over their own choices, as consequences that stem from the choices they make are explained as the result of institutional sexism.
On Friday, an organization that sprang up in the wake of the #MeToo movement, Time’s Up, tweeted a study from the American Association of University Women claiming the gender wage gap is to blame for women holding the majority of student debt and being unable to repay.
“Women hold almost two-thirds of the outstanding student debt in the U.S. — about $929 billion. The gender pay gap is one factor that keeps women from paying off their debt as quickly as men,” the group tweeted.
The tweet leaves out the obvious — that women are the majority of college graduates, so it makes sense that they would have the majority of outstanding debt. The AAUW study mentions this early on, but as with all things from the AAUW, the study goes on to blame sexism for the reason women don’t pay off their debt as quickly as men.
The AAUW falls back on the repeatedly debunked gender wage gap to explain why women don’t pay back their debt as quickly:
Following graduation, women repay their loans more slowly than do men, in part because of the gender pay gap. The pay gap starts as soon as women enter the workforce and widens as time goes on: Women college graduates working full-time are paid 18 percent less than their male peers one year after graduation. By four years after graduation, that gap widens to 20 percent. Overall, women with bachelor’s degrees working full-time make 26 percent less than their male peers. Lower pay means less income to devote to debt repayment.
What’s left out of the AAUW’s report is the fact that women tend to choose majors that result in lower-paying jobs after college. As I’ve reported numerous times before, nine of the top 10 lowest paying majors are dominated by women, while nine of the top 10 highest paying majors are dominated by men — and women in large cities actually out-earn their male peers just out of college.
The gender wage gap is also not a “wage” gap at all, but an earnings gap due to the different choices men and women make in their careers, such as taking time off. Yet organizations like Time’s Up and AAUW exist to convince women they are oppressed and discriminated against, so they continue to peddle false information year after year despite consistently being called out by even left-wing media outlets.
The only real solution is to control the choices women make — but no one, rightly, would make such an absurd argument.