Heritage Foundation experts Rachel Grezler and James Sherk highlight the success of free enterprise in shrinking the gender pay gap. Their new report shows how differences in pay reflect not systematic bias, as liberals claim, but different choices made by individual men and women:
In 1979, the median woman working full time made 62.5 percent as much as the median man. By 2013, that figure closed to 82 percent—half the gap disappeared. Since the 1970s, women have become more highly educated and moved into higher paying industries and occupations. For example, a generation ago, very few women worked as doctors or lawyers. Today many women work in these and other high-paying occupations and earn more as a result. Consequently, the aggregate gender gap closed significantly.
Who do you think is better at reducing the gender gap in wages: big government or the free market?