Gender Pay Gap? What About The Workplace Death Gap?

Do you hear the violin in the distance?

Get out the cheese, because there will soon be more whine.

The National Committee on Pay Equity cried — I mean, reported — that “women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay.”

We, of course, know that this statistic has been corrected and debunked over and over again.

But people still love saying it. Because, apparently if you say it enough, it will become true?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

The pay gap exists. The pay gap exists. The pay gap exists.

My Dad says the former. My liberal sister says the later. They’re both untrue.

That is, if you adhere to facts, scientific research.

According to Investors, they’ve found a much more significant “gap” in the workforce:

Economist Mark Perry has for years noted that there’s an even bigger and far more consequential gender gap in the workplace — one that literally means the difference between life and death.

He notes that official government data show that men suffer almost all of the workplace fatalities that take place in a given year.

In 2015, for example, there were 4,836 workplace deaths, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of those, 4,492 were men, and 344 were women. In other words, men suffered 93% of workplace fatalities that year. This wasn’t some aberration. From 2011 through 2015, men accounted for 92.5% of all workplace deaths.

Using the National Committee on Pay Equity’s methodology, Perry came up with what he calls the Equal Occupational Fatality Day. Based on the different fatality rates, this day doesn’t occur until January 21, 2029.

“That date,” Perry says, mimicking the language of the NCPE, “symbolizes how far into the future American women will be able to continue working before they experience the same loss of life that men experienced in 2015 from work-related deaths.”

This huge gap has nothing to do with discrimination, of course. It has everything to do with the type of jobs men and women voluntarily choose to take.

You think this is ludicrous? Perry uses the same formula that “pay gap” activists use.

So before you start playing your whiny orchestra of pay oppression, let’s remember the fatality gap.

Because I’d say the latter is a bit more significant than the former.



Regan Pifer

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Reagan Pifer has taught and researched American history and politics in higher education for ten years. These are her rants.