, Kingston, NH

Letters to the Editor

March 6, 2014

It's a Job Gap, Not a Wage Gap


There have been countless reports and studies to prove this position. For example, according to a survey done by Payscale in May 2013, the survey find the so-called wage gap nearly evaporates when you control for occupation and experience. It finds "women are not starting off behind their male counterparts, so much as they're choosing different jobs." It also finds that women are more likely to negotiate, so the popular belief that women don't know how to ask for a raise is false. When they compare men and women who have the same education, the same management responsibilities, and similar employers with similar number of employees, the wage gap disappears. They found the gap isn't between men and women doing the same job so much as the different choices people make in their career paths.

Women have earned the majority of bachelor degrees for the last few years. They are well positioned to benefit from a growing professional service economy, and working moms are already the breadwinners in 40% of households with kids. However, if women continue to go into healthcare rather than manufacturing, human resources rather than engineering, we will continue to see the job gap, not the wage gap. It is a personal decision women make for themselves.

Fabricating a crisis in order to enact additional laws and regulations on our state's employers is not solving any problems. Instead, doing so continues to make our state less friendly, especially to the small businesses that make up our state, and who are overwhelmingly already complying with existing law.

NH State Rep. Regina Birdsell (R - Hampstead)

NH State Rep. Laurie Sanborn (R – Bedford)

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