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    11/5/2012 3:13:15 PM Posted by Patrick Coyle

    By Ethan Hollenberger 

    Academia has long been a breeding ground for future generations of liberals. Overwhelmingly liberal faculty and staff spoon-feed students healthy doses of liberal talking points. Point in case is a question posed at the recent debate at Marquette University where Liz Cheney and Howard Dean tussled on the "Role of Government in a Free Society.

    During the audience question and answer session, Kathleen Ludington, the Director of Development for Marquette's College of Health Sciences, asked about equal pay for women. Ludington asked that since tuition fees are equal for men and women, is it a fair expectation for females who put in the same work and investment to receive only 78% of pay for equal work. Ludington further suggested that conservatives have said nothing about the pay gap. Ludington qualified her question was not asked on her behalf particularly, but on "behalf of some students." Check out the exchange on video:

     


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    When searching Governor Scott Walker's recall petition, Kathleen Ludington's name is found on a sheet with five of her University co-workers. The recall petition is often a good litmus test to identify Wisconsin liberals.

    Ludington's claim about pay inequity is largely false. When asking her question, she cited a recently released study in her question, most likely a report from the liberal American Association of University Women entitled "Graduating to a Pay Gap." The report says the pay gap for recent graduates is 82 percent, using numbers from 2009, the most recent available. The report also reveals that the pay gap for jobs in health care, social services, business support, math, science, computer, and engineering are not "significant in gender".

    The reader cannot even get past the first page of the Executive Summary before the authors admit, "After we control for hours, occupation, college major, employment sector, and other factors … the pay gap shrinks but does not disappear." When the AAUW considers factors beyond mere gender, the pay is readjusted to five percent.

    In her formal response, Liz Cheney says that conservatives "believe in equal pay; we believe people ought to have jobs." According to Cheney, liberals have missed the mark by focusing rather on women's issues such as free birth control and the right to choose. Liberals have also mischaracterized the actual cause behind the so-called pay gap.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, obtaining a college degree cuts unemployment in half and increases the participation rate in the workforce. Interestingly, the workforce of women is larger than that of men; however, their participation rate is nearly 14 percent less than men. About 68.2 percent of the male population work while 55.4 percent of women work.

    Why is participation rate important? The gender gap is likely caused by life choices made freely by women. Many women chose to work fewer hours-or not at all-in order to raise children.

    Another cause of the perceived gender gap is choice of major. Engineering and science majors are overwhelmingly male, while health care, education, social sciences, and the humanities are female dominated. Business majors are roughly equal. The female dominated majors have lower starting salaries. The percentage of working men who have college degrees is roughly the same as women: about 30 percent.

    Conservatives and liberals disagree about how much legislation can control pay discrimination.  Again, accounting for more variables than merely gender, the gap is five percent.  The AAUW suggests the adjusted gap is caused by men being more likely to negotiate for their salaries.    

    I grew up in a "single parent home" after my parents divorced. My mother raised her four kids on near minimum wage jobs. She always taught me to take responsibility for my actions and not play "victim." She hated saying she was a "single parent". She never wanted to be labeled. She worked hard at multiple jobs to give my siblings and I a better life. When I was unable to secure funding to complete my college education, I was expected to keep moving forward and find a solution; I will return to school.

    The "gender gap" has become a liberal dog whistle to underscore that women are victims who need liberal politicians to even the field. The reality is that women like my mother are hard workers. Women work both at building families and successful careers. As Liz Cheney points out, America is about equal opportunity. Until the economy grows at a better rate, all Americans will struggle. 

    Ethan Hollenberger, age 22, is a conservative activist from Wisconsin. While in college, he was a founding member of the campus' Young American's for Freedom chapter.  He can be contacted at ethan.hollenberger@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter: @EHollenberger.

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