Look At The Facts: Gender Wage Gap

Politics, Posts

The constant back and forth of inaccurate information between biased new sources gets a bit tiresome and I’m sure most people can agree. As a political science major myself, I love to study, look at statistics and inform myself on what’s really going on before I can make a decision on a topic.

Today is the first of many posts on the series I’m going to call “Look At The Facts,” where I’ll will look at statistics from both sides of the spectrum, analyze its validity and compare it to real, factual, unbiased information.

In honor of Equal Pay Day I wanted to make my very first post about the gender wage gap.

Starting with a conservative news sources, lets take a look at what Fox News has to say on the issue.

It was truly a bit of a struggle to come across a post about the current gender gap on the news site, as the most current article on the topic dates to about a year ago. The last informational article written on the topic of the gender wage gap was about the new version of the classic Monopoly game, Ms. Monopoly. The author of the article, Paul Batura, discusses how the new rules to the game, which rewards female players a higher amount at the beginning of the game than their male opponents as “patronizing.” Bautra claims that the gender wage gap is “propaganda” and that a study done by the National Bureau of Economic Research proves this. Although not provided by Batura, after some digging I was able to locate the article he mentioned in this writing. The study shows how when looking at the statistics of women with children, women have less “peak work hours” which allocates to 6.6% of the gender wage gap. This data could be misleading as it does not take into account the vast amount of women who do not have children and are in the work force.

In a Washington Examiner article written on March 31st of last year, Equal Pay Day, Karin Lips argues that statistics that the organization uses to advocate for their cause is misleading. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that women who were full-time wage and salary workers in 2018 had median weekly earnings that were 81% of what men earned who were full-time wage and salary workers. Lips argues that this is a biased statistic due to the fact that it compared men and women of all job types and doesn’t focus on a specific field of work. Lips has continued her series as an advocate to end the gender wage gap narrative and has written another article this year. In her most recent piece, Lips mentions the same argument as the prior year which highlights the idea that the statistics the Census Bureau provided is not accurate because it is a generalization. However, by quickly scanning the Census’s statistics page mentioned, one could miss the infographic provided at the bottom of the page that shares median earnings categorized by sex and occupation.

From this graphic, it can be seen that in every category shown, women are shown to make less than men.Looking at the data as a whole or separated by occupation still gave the overall same facts. The argument Lips provided in her article is contradictory to the statistics she herself used to prove her point.

Finding an article on the issue of wage gap was not as difficult to come across on CNN than its competitors, Fox and Washington Examiner. The most recent article was written on March 25th which touches on the issue with World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe. In an effort to bring awareness to the inequalities in today’s society Rapinoe gives a testimony to Congress. Mentions of receiving less than the men’s soccer team despite greater success were included in her statement, along with the vast difference in treatments between the woman’s and men’s basketball teams during the NCAA Tournament.

A Forbes article written early last year touches on the topic of the wage issue in regards to the U.S Women’s Soccer Team. In 2019, the team filed a pay discrimination suit and it was later dismissed by the court. It was found that the women’s team payments added up to approximately $24 million and averaged $220,747 per game, where payments to the men’s team totaled approximately $18 million and averaged $212,639 per game. Countering this information, the women argued that if they were to operate under the same contract the men’s team did, they would be making even more money. This argument was then shut down by the judge due to the fact that not only did all the women choose to sign their contract but also highlighted how the men’s contract was higher risk, this is due to the various guarantees they signed in case of injury, minimum pay and games played. This is in compared to the men’s contract which is operated under a “pay to play” system where play time is not guaranteed and players must play in the game to be paid. When putting both contracts into perspective, the women did not hold a solid case for pay discrimination.

In the CNN article, there was also further data provided beyond sex and occupation. Data is given that describes how the gender gap not only effects women as a whole, but how it impacts women of color even more than their white co-workers. The Census statistic shared states that in 2019, the female-to-male earnings ratio was .823, which was the same from the year prior. That pay gap increases when examining compensation along racial lines: Hispanic women earned 58.7% of White non-Hispanic men and Black women earned 63.6% of White non-Hispanic men, according to 2020 data from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Looking at the issue beyond sex and occupation adds depth to the argument that equal pay is an issue in America.

One of the noticeable differences between the news sources on the issue of the gender wage gap is that the conservative news sources don’t utilize their statistics to their entirety. It was very difficult to find an informational article on the sites, most were editorial pieces. When looked at from a surface level, the data provided in Bautra and Lips’ articles seem legitimate, which is the danger of biased news sources. Looking at the left-leaning news sources, it is evident that there is a further use of pathos to argue their point. Breaking down the information of articles before making a final decision or taking a side of an argument is essential to making the right decision.

So what do you think? Is the gender wage gap argument legitimate?

The Story of Tomorrow

Christianity, Posts

I have learned more about myself and the world in the last 2 months than I have learned in years of school. At the beginning of the summer, I made the move to San Diego, California and that’s where I’ve called home since.

In the past two months, I’ve learned heaps about finances, responsibilities and accountability, which is just a taste of what the real world is like. Not gonna lie y’all, adulting is tough. I wish I could just crawl back into bed and wake up as a high school freshman again, but….I can’t. And that’s just life. So long story short, when people say high school flies by, it really FLIES by.

I have a limited amount of days left here in San Diego, before I head back to Texas, and if I’m being honest, I’ve never been more excited to give my parents a big ole hug, give my siblings’ cheeks a squeeze and belly rub Gucci till he can’t stand me anymore. Being away from my family, my home, a comfortable lifestyle, has made me appreciate everything so much more. You can definitely tell because I’m not even bothered by the very soon to come “I told you so” by mom.

But, other than this sad story that I’m telling, I wanted to make sure to clarify that I 100% do not regret coming down to California, living on my own, figuring out the terrible public transit system on my own, paying bills on my own and finding friends on my own. I absolutely loved exploring not only this incredible city, but my abilities, strengths, weaknesses and limits.

My point in writing all these mushy gushy words is that if you are given the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, explore the undiscovered, learn from mistakes, just do it. Yes, there might be a few tears shed when things take an unexpected turn, trust me, I had my fair share of meltdowns, but the many smiles, laughs and moments of self reflection are worth it all.

Now, will I miss the absolutely perfect weather, the fact that there are literally no bugs and super convenient vegan options, yes! However, I am so ready to show the Lone Star state all the new things I’ve learned and so so ready to put them in action.

Dear Mom

Christianity, Posts

Dear Mom,

I know that I say that I can’t wait to leave the house. I know that I say that I want to be independent.  I know. I know. I know. But, I don’t actually mean it .

I don’t want to go to the grocery store to buy my own food. I don’t want to learn to make fresh rice on my own. I don’t want to unlock my front door to find an empty apartment. I don’t want to get in my car to drive and not have the weight of your worry on my chest.

I’ll miss your all white furniture. I’ll miss your Christmas scented candles in July. I’ll miss your seasonal dish towels (Especially you nagging me for using the Easter ones in February). I’ll miss your sarcasm. I’ll miss your blunt honesty. I’ll miss our impromptu dance parties. I’ll miss your jam sessions while we’re riding in your boujee Audi. I’ll miss listening to you try to pronounce weird English words like onion & squirrel, because your voice over the phone just isn’t the same.

Thank you for being honest with me when I needed someone to snap me into place. Thank you for keeping me accountable for my decisions. Thank you for teaching me how to manage my money. Thank you for having fresh food made when I come home practice. Thank you for driving me everywhere under the sun. Thank you for loving on me when no one else did. But most of all, thank you for never leaving me.

You’ve stuck by my side through every thick and thin. You worked your butt off to provide for me when there was no one you could rely on. You’ve been honest with me when I needed you to be but you’ve also been considerate when it came the time.

I promise you, that no matter what, I will always love you, till my last breath on earth. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us and our relationship. I know I’m not nearly the adult that I think I am but I do know that I can tackle on this crazy world with you by my side. I love you for ever and ever.

Your daughter,


Truth or Dare

Christianity, Posts

This past summer has really been one to remember. I made new friends, stepped out of my comfort zone, and really saw Jesus working in the lives of so many people around me.

But as school comes around the corner, the “post-summer camp” hype begins to wear off and reality starts to kick in. The back to school shopping, practices, appointments, schedule pickup, and emails from school counselors and teachers begin to fill my email inbox.

As I laid in bed last night, unable to fall asleep, I began to reminisce on all the ways God has impacted my life this summer. But more than that, how I wished everyone around me could have felt that too. So in that moment, I challenged myself. I challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone and show people what it feels like to know you’re loved by Jesus.

It’s my senior year of high school. I can feel the pressure from my family, asking me what I plan on doing with my life. And as I sat and thought more about that question, I came to the conclusion that this “plan” doesn’t have to be a specific profession, university or major. It doesn’t have to be a step by step list of all the classes I plan on taking or how much money I see myself making in the next 10 years. All of those things will come at one time or another, none of it needs to be rushed. But the “plan” that does matter is the type of person you see yourself becoming. Do you see yourself as a Jesus follower for the rest of your life? A “I’m gonna wait till after college to really go to church” type of person? What about the person that lights up the room everywhere they go? The one that radiates love in all they do.

I think the real question here is, what kind of person do you see yourself becoming in the future?

So I challenge each and every one of you, whether you’re going to be a senior in high school, a 7th grader, or you graduated 23 years ago, to look at yourself in the mirror, take a piece of paper and a pen, and write out the person you want to become.

It doesn’t have to be something crazy and super duper huge, like being a missionary in Africa (although that would be super cool). But maybe the person that always smiles back at the person taking your order at the coffee shop, or maybe the person that is genuinely nice to the customer service rep on the other end of the phone.

Whatever it is that’s on your list, stick to it and strive to go above and beyond. I dare you!


Now Or Never

Life, Posts

Even though we don’t want to admit it, the beginning of the school year is right around the corner. And you know what that mean…The times of back to school clothes shopping, buying overpriced planners and comparing class schedules are all too close by.

But over the last decade or so of the same ol’ routine, I’ve rounded up some tips and tricks to save some time, money, and sanity for when the dreaded first day comes along.

  1. Especially if you’re in high school, don’t buy school supplies until you’ve been to the first day of all your classes. – Your teachers will more than likely have a syllabus with all their required materials and more often than not, you probably didn’t pick up 90% of those items when you went shopping the week before.
  2. Don’t stress about finding your classes. – If you’re an incoming freshman freaking out if you’ll be able to find all your classes in your huge, new school, don’t! There are teachers all over the hallways pointing kids to the right direction. Also, if you’re worried about racking up tardies on the first week, don’t fret. Teachers don’t start counting tardies till the second week of school or so.
  3. Get a planner! – You’re human. You forget things! So better to be safe than sorry and get yourself a planner. Get one with a calendar to write down all of your homework assignments, test/quiz dates and birthdays (you don’t want to be that friend that forgets your bestie’s birthday).
  4. Take your freshman year seriously! – But for real, guys!  Slack off on your freshman year and your GPA is ruined forever. Yeah, you’re world shouldn’t revolve around your GPA but still, its a pretty important piece of that whole college thing. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll regret taking it easy.
  5. Make friends – And stick with them! High school changes people, and if you’re not surrounded by the right people, with the right intentions, and share the same core beliefs, things can go downhill very easily. For me, the most upsetting part of the last couple years of my life was looking back and seeing all the people that I hung out with and loved on in middle school, only to see them tear themselves down and get themselves into waters too treacherous to come out of.
  6. Stay true to yourself – This kinda goes with the last one but… don’t lose yourself in the mess that high school is. You’ll be invited to do things you’ve never done before, things that you told yourself you would never get yourself into. So make sure to stand your ground and stand up for what you believe in so that you don’t lose your identity in the temporary pleasures of high school.

There’s Something Holding You Back

Christianity, Posts

Thinking about the future has never been more prominent in my mind than it has been in the last couple months. It feels as if it were yesterday that I walked into high school with my sparkly silver Toms, flower crown on my head, and backpack filled to the brim with every colored highlighter, Flair pen and mechanical pencil ready to start my freshman year. I remember walking into what felt like a sea of adults, people who had their life together. They walked with purpose, didn’t seem as though they were nervous or had anything to hide. That day I thought, as I got my 4’11 self lost in the crowd of senior basketball players, will I one day feel as confident and powerful as they do? Will I be able to walk around this campus with the pressure that every other grade below me will look try to follow my lead?As I look back on that day now, my first response is to laugh. How did I ever think I would have it all together by senior year? Don’t get me wrong, throughout the last three years of my life I have learned more about my identity, the importance of choosing the right friends, and about handwork and dedication than I have in my entire life. However, as I look at myself in the mirror and think that I’m supposed to be a well-functioning, tax-paying, adult in a matter of 1o months scares me down deep to the core. Those kids that I saw, walking with their head up high and chests out in front, weren’t ready for the real world, they just barely made it seem like it. Yes, they might know how to drive themselves to school and on dates with their girlfriends. Or maybe even know how to check how much money is in their bank account and recite their social security number. But they sure as heck weren’t ready to be thrown out into the open waters because they’re still just kids.We’re often told that a lot in our childhood, “You’re just a kid.” But what if the word “kid”, didn’t mean childish, ignorant, and irresponsible. What if it meant, full of creativity, confident, light-hearted, and loving. Growing up, we often put ourselves down because we think we’re too young and no one will take us seriously. In my opinion, that is one of the greatest forces stopping us from moving on and succeeding. In movies, and by our parents, being a teenager is getting caught smoking in the ditch behind the playground, tailgate parties that get taken a little bit too far, and even breaking hearts and stealing firsts. But we underestimate ourselves. Teenagers have so much potential and use it so little that if we actually all made the effort to go out and change the world it would be simpler than we thought.1 Timothy 4:12 says “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” Even about 3,000 years ago there was still this image, this perception, that because you were young, you would be looked down upon, and Paul knew that. The Bible encourages us to go out and to set an example despite our age, maturity, and life-long experiences.Something I have learned in the last couple years of my life is that you don’t need depressing or life-changing experiences to be a good example of love, compassion and faithfulness. Instead of going right along with the trend and proving the world time and time again that we are stupid, reckless, inconsiderate snobs, we should strive to change that norm and push away the titles and identity given to our age.I have spent the last three years of my adolescence trying to prove to myself that being an obnoxious teen is part of “the process.” Blaming the fact that I can’t make a difference because I’m not even old enough to buy cigarettes and that I’m just a kid. But, going into senior year, I’ll walk into school with my head held up high and chest out front because, I know that all eyes will be on me. How I act, the way I talk to people, the decisions I make on a daily basis will be used as a guide line for the future generation of seniors of Liberty High School. This year will be the biggest opportunity for me to be an example of what a Christ follower should be and that makes my heart so so happy!So now what’s your excuse? What’s holding you back?