Just the facts, Ma'am.
Kate O'Beirne was on Hardball the other day, exploding gender myths left and right. I particularly enjoyed this bit of byplay with Norah O'Donnell (who was subbing for Chris Matthews:
O’Donnell: "But don’t you think feminists, to some degree, have at least brought attention to issues like inequity in health care. That there isn’t amount the same amount of research on women as men. That they brought attention to the issue that women are still paid less than men." O’Beirne: "Norah, Norah, Norah." O’Donnell: "Kate, Kate, Kate." O’Beirne: "You are, you are so bright. This, this is why my chapter on the phony pay gap is so important. They get a lot of mileage out of the fact, they claim, that women work for 76 cents on the dollar. Think about that for a minute. If a woman with the same education level, skills, and experience would work for 76 cents to a man’s dollar, who would ever hire a man? There is no discriminatory wage gap. Being a woman in America is not in conflict at all with having a very successful career. Now, being the kind of devoted mother and wife some women freely choose to be does conflict with many of the demands of a career. Never married, college educated women make more than never married college educated men. But they have gotten such mileage out of the phony gender gap. The kind of women who promote that in order to paint America as a discriminatory country with respect to women are the kind of women I name in my book." [Emphasis mine.]I have only one thing to say: You go, girl!