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Tree_of_Death
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JimShady
Con (against)

Resolved: The USFG Should Act to Close the Gender Wage Gap

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Started: 9/9/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 months ago Status: Debating Period
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Tree_of_Death

Pro

Hello! I saw your post on this opinion (http://www.debate.org......) and thought that this would make an interesting debate, should you accept it.

Definitions

USFG: United States Federal Government (specifically the legislative and executive branches)

Gender Wage Gap: The difference between the amounts of money paid to women and men, often for doing the same work: (http://dictionary.cambridge.org......)

First round is acceptance only.
JimShady

Con

I accept (again). Good luck.
Debate Round No. 1
Tree_of_Death

Pro

I suppose I'll just copy and paste my opening arguments from the previous debate.

1. Wage Discrepancy

I thought it might be useful to first prove the severity of this institutionalized discrimination.

"Some argue that the wage gap is purely due to 'women's choices,' but such a characterization hides the cultural and social factors that go into women's decisions to enter or stay in a particular job. Moreover, even when women choose the same jobs as men, the wage gap persists... male surgeons earn 37.76 percent more per week than their female counterparts. In real terms, this means that a female surgeon earns $756 less per week than her male colleague, which adds up to nearly $40,000 over the course of a year." [1] We all know that a woman makes 78 cents to a man's dollar [2], but you say that thed gender gap disappears when you take into account whether or not men and women are working the same jobs. This is not so. For example, the Journal of the American Medical Association conducted a study that concluded, "Gender differences in salary exist in this select, homogeneous cohort of mid-career academic physicians, even after adjustment for differences in specialty, institutional characteristics, academic productivity, academic rank, work hours, and other factors."[3] Thus, your claim that "...men do the hard work and labor. And hard labor usually means more money" is simply untrue.

The National Women's Law Center published a report in 2014 that said, "Women with only a high school degree are 24 percent of the low-wage workforce, double theirshare of the overall workforce (12 percent). Men with only a high school degree are underrepresented in the low-wage workforce: they are 12 percent of the low-wage workforce, 0.8 times their share of the overall workforce (15 percent)." [4] This means that women need more education than men simply to acheive equal pay. As the Washington Post puts it, "Men in the United States...require less education to achieve higher pay." [5]

I will add more arguments in further rounds as necessary. I believe I have proven that the severity of discrimination is sufficient to warrant legislative action.

Good luck with your opening arguments!

Sources

1. http://www.newsweek.com......
2. http://www.aauw.org......
3. http://jama.jamanetwork.com......
4. http://www.nwlc.org......
5. https://www.washingtonpost.com......
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Posted by BackCommander 2 months ago
BackCommander
Why does no one ever research the opposite side of their argument? It'd make debates like these pretty scarce.
Posted by ConserativeDemocrat 2 months ago
ConserativeDemocrat
When this is done, make it again and I will accept.
Posted by ConserativeDemocrat 2 months ago
ConserativeDemocrat
Easy win for Con.
Posted by Edmyron 2 months ago
Edmyron
I would seriously like to see an instance where, in a first world country, a woman actually gets paid less than a man for the same kind of job, same amount of experience, and same amount of hours worked at the same company/business. These are very hard to find stats even between those of the same gender, and even if you did find an instance of this happening, there are still an almost infinite amount of other circumstances that could explain the slight difference in pay, again even between those of the same gender.
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