No, dude, the labor department is wrong!!! They are controlled by tea party members, with an agenda!<quoted text>So, the babes just aren't asking for enough money? Da chicks are making "bad choices"?
That sounds like: "Duhhhh...people forced banks to sell them houses they couldn't afford and then, duuuhhhh...we had a recession!"
You people are all about "individual responsibility" but it seems that means pointing fingers at individuals while pretending corporations have no say in the matters. Like, they wanna pay more! Da biotches are too dumb to ask!"
Individual choices would be like a woman getting pregnant and staying out of the workforce to raise children while the children are young, like my wife has done. She's not going to be making the same as a man in her same field who didn't leave the workforce for 9 years like she did, nor would she think it unfair that she doesn't.
Now feminists would say, we need to do more to help women raise children and work, but that's not what my wife wanted. She didn't want to work. She's just wanted to be a SAHM. That alone was enough on her plate.
Another individual choices would be the fact that in many families (although this is changing) men tend to be the primary income earners. Because of this, especially where the man makes a lot more $ their souse, the family is more likely to relocate if a better job opportunity that offers more money appears for the man compared to the woman.
Think of it like this ... let's say I make $50 an hour, but my wife makes $15 an hour ... let's say my wife can get a job making $25 an hour, but we would have to move a few hours away ... she's probably not going to take that job, because I'd need to find a new one and we probably couldn't just live on her $25 an hour, until I found one.
Let's say the tables are turned and I can get a job a few hours away making $60 an hour, but my wife would need to find a new job ... we are more likely to move in the case of me receiving a higher wage, because we can survive on my $60 an hour (which is almost the combined $65 we were making before the move) until my wife finds a comparable job.
The fact that men and families will more often relocate to chase dollars, alone skew the statistics.
There are many other nondiscriminatory reasons that could explain it as well.