Today is Equal Pay Day. This is a symbolic day to draw attention to the wage gap in America’s work force. Statistics show that female full-time workers make 80 cents for every dollar that males earn in the same occupation. According to the National Committee on Pay Equity:
[Equal Pay Day] represents how far into the year women must work in order to earn what men earned the year before. It usually falls on a Tuesday, to show how far into the next work week women must work to match the pay earned by men.
#EqualPayDay is currently trending on Twitter. A lot of users are posting facts about wage inequality. Of course, Bernie Sanders tweeted about it as well. It’s Bernie – he’s all about equality especially when income is an issue. This is just one of the tweets he shared today. It’s a chart showing that minority women are the ones most affected by the wage gap:
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) April 4, 2017
Many Twitter users are clearly following their president’s lead and replying with alternative facts. They have ignored all data surrounding the issue and have gone with what they want to believe. According to these self-proclaimed analysts, all those numbers are phooey.
@SenSanders The wage gap is a myth. Women make less than men in terms of earnings but not in terms of wages.
— Andrew Ward (@AndrewWard59) April 4, 2017
While I’m sure some women work less time than men because they have children, this is not true of all women – not by a long shot, buddy.
— Zachery Podunajec (@Pudnite) April 4, 2017
Oh, you’re right, a**hole. ALL men work harder and are better educated than ALL women. Sit down and shut up.
@SenSanders This is an example of little more than using statistics to draw conclusions for the purpose of pushing an agenda.
— Adam Krol (@AdamK_Roll) April 4, 2017
I thought statistics were objective. Silly me.
@SenSanders equal pay for equal work. there’s no victimization here
— J (@jrpigs) April 4, 2017
I wonder if he would think the same if he were a woman?
You get the idea. All these people want to ignore the statistics and call those who want to close the gap deluded. I would like to point out that every single one of these naysayers are white males. I would find this completely hysterical if it weren’t so damn sad. It just illustrates that women still have a way to go before they are on an equal playing field with men.