February 25, 2015

Every year at the Oscars telecast, a few Academy Award winners inevitably use their acceptance speeches as a platform for their own pet political causes. During Sunday’s broadcast, Best Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette spent a few moments calling for “wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” That moment inspired a response from Atlas Network partner Independent Women’s Forum (IWF).

“Arquette should know we already have equal rights for women-including laws that protect women against wage discrimination,” Independent Women’s Forum managing director Carrie Lukas said Monday. “The statistical difference between men and women’s average earnings isn’t driven by sexism, but rather primarily is a results of men and women making very different choices about how to spend their time.”

IWF released a video last year explaining that gender wage gap statistics are an average that compare the salaries of all men and women with full-time jobs, but doesn’t take into account the types of jobs that men and women predominantly choose. When comparing apples to apples, women earn on average 94 percent of what men make, not 77 percent.

Learn Liberty, an educational video project of the Institute for Humane studies also released a video in 2011 by economist Steven Horwitz providing a clear explanation for why the perceived gender wage gap results from “the choices that men and women make (about investing in their knowledge, their education, their skills, and their job experiences) that lead to them getting paid different salaries.”

Horwitz elaborated on his explanation in an article for the Foundation for Economic Education, “Markets and the Gender Wage Gap:Are employers sexist?

Read the full article at Breitbart.com, “Conservative Women’s Group To Arquette: Women Already Have Equal Rights, Hollywood Sexist.”