Gender Wage Gap, or Parenting Wage Gap?

Chase Mulvaney  |  2 min read


This week I was handed a complex topic. Congress had been engaged in fierce debate concerning the gender wage gap. What I find curious is that the Bill failed to pass the Senate; what I find even more curious is that we are having this debate in this day and age. Didn’t this get resolved in the sixties? One’s pay should be based on one’s ability to do the job, not based on one’s gender, creed, color, or ethnicity. If I, Chase Mulvaney, a freshman male, applied for a job, and my sister applied for the same job, why wouldn’t she be paid the same money for doing the same work? What repercussions could there be from closing a $.23 gap? Over a week it’s only $9.20, but over a year it becomes $478.40. Over a 40-year career, this becomes $19,136. This could be looked at as recognition of a job done equally well by both women and men.

If the United States is supposed to be a symbol of equality in the free world, then why do some refuse to recognize that equal work deserves equal pay? I have heard it said that, because the employer owns the job, he or she decides the salary. Can there even be a winner in this debate? Men who choose to contribute their time to raising their children and who put that before their personal needs and careers face many social, emotional, and economic penalties. This can become a hurdle for women with children to become successful in their careers.

Unfortunately, at this time, society chooses for women to receive less pay, less acknowledgement, and fewer workplace opportunities, and men miss out on the opportunity to bond with their children. There can be no winners here—that’s how I see it.