Equal Hours Day came and went on April 6th without much public notice. Equal Hours Day? You mean Equal Pay Day, May 4th surely? Dear reader, you must allow me to explain.
On Tuesday 4 May of this year, the feminised amongst us did indeed make a fuss over Equal Pay Day, the day that is calculated by comparing the median pay of men and women and then used to assume how many more days poor, discriminated against women must keep working (into the next year, poor things) until they have earned pay equal to men’s. It is not to be confused either with the other Equal Pay Day of the year – the one calculated in reverse order, that is, how much of the year women claim to work for free because of the pay gap – as opposed to how much longer they have to work to earn equal pay.
I’ve noticed the feminists like to celebrate both because they like the attention it brings.
The constant lament of feminists, the perpetually offended and professional whiners alike, is that women are not earning equal pay for equal work. Curiously, the assumption they do work equally has managed to escape unchallenged. No longer. Being that sort of person that I am I decided to investigate: Are women really giving equal work but receiving unequal pay?
17.8 million men working 617.1 million hours in total = 34.6 hours a week per man worker; and that 15.6 million women working 400.9 million hours in total = 25.7 hours a week per woman worker.
It is rather noticeable that the average working week for men and women is somewhat different, to be precise by a matter of 8.9 hours a week. Calculating from this the time when women finally ‘catch up’ with the amount of work men do falls a whole 34 per cent of the way into 2017. And the day that marks 34 per cent of the way into 2017 was Saturday 6th May. That, ergo, I dubbed Equal Hours Day – the day to which women would have to keep working (at their current work week rate of 25.7 hours a week) to match the hours put in by men in 2016!
Not to stir the pot at all but, one cannot help but notice that women are not providing equal work. Equal pay advocates, as noble they may perceive themselves and their cause to be, remain determinedly ignorant of the unpalatable truth that, overall, women are not providing equal amounts of work to men but less. How then can they possibly expect equal pay if they are not going to provide equal work? And yet they still whinge that women are being short changed! Hypocrisy!
Now, I must admit, I am a glutton for punishment. So, to add further insult to this injury, I have decided to add two other notable days worthy of celebration. The first we can call Equal Tax Day; I decided to go ahead and calculate when this would occur. According to my again admittedly rudimentary overview, this falls on Thursday 10 May 2018. My workings are below from tax data sourced from here:
17.8 million men paying a total of £121 billion in tax = £6,798 of tax per man worker.
15.6 million women paying a total of £45.5 billion in tax = £2,885 of tax per woman worker.
And this ‘gender’ tax gap has been increasing year on year, so Equal Tax Day, if current trends continue, will fall further and further away.
Since the average man paid 235 per cent of the amount of tax that the average woman paid, by my calculation women, as a demographic, in fact enjoy equal pay one month before they get to work equal hours and THIRTEEN months before paying equal tax. What an oppression!
The last day I wish to address before I close this article is Equal Occupational Fatality Day. The day is calculated using the same methodology – data for workplace fatalities is located here.
Men: 137 fatalities per 17.8 million (workers) = 7.70 fatalities per million workers.
Women: 7 fatalities per 15.6 million (workers) = 0.45 fatalities per million workers.
The data above shows men are dying on the job at 17.11 times the rate of women, which means Equal Occupational Fatality Day will fall on the 41st day of 2033 (add 17 years and find the day 11 per cent into that year) which is Thursday 10 February 2033. Nice.
To summarise the above, along with the two Equal Pay Days, three more celebrations could be added to the feminists calendar.
Equal Hours Day: Saturday 6 April 2017.
Equal Tax Day: Thursday 10 May 2018.
Equal Occupational Fatality Day: Thursday 10 February 2033.
So, to any and all Equal Pay Advocates, looking at the above dates, does it honestly appear that women are worse off? You can drop your answers (plus workings) into the comments section below. Thanks.
(Image: Guido van Nispen)