You feminists are all liars. Not all females are evil liars though, although all the ones who have replied to me HERE have been, so far. Here is a website made by some females who aren't all about victim power: http://www.iwf.org/issues/issues_detail.asp?ArticleID=56 Cold Sweat Looking for Discrimination in all the Wrong Places: A New Congressional Report on the ÒWage GapÓ by CharlotteÊHays 12/10/2003 A new congressional report claims that, even when the life choices women make are factored into the financial equation, there is still a Òwage gapÓ of around 20 percent between what women and men earn. Quick to spot sexism, if not outright misogyny, Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York insisted that this only goes to show that Òmen get an inherent annual bonus just for being men.Ó Wow. If only it were true.Ê TheyÕd then have more to spend on us!Ê But thereÕs a problem with MaloneyÕs avowal: ItÕs simply not borne out by the study which -- oh by the way -- was conducted by the General Accounting Office at the request of Maloney and Democratic Rep. John Dingell of Michigan. In fact, according to the Associated Press, ÒThe study could not explain the reasons for the earnings difference.Ê Commissioned to find discrimination, the best the study could do was find ÒexpertsÓ who, according to the AP, ÒspeculatedÓ that the gap Òcould be due to discrimination.ÓÊ Hmmm.Ê They also speculate it could be due to Òthe decision by some women to forgo career advancement for family-friendly jobs that offer more flexibility and less stress.Ê It further reports that women frequently trade higher earnings for flexibility or time with their children or other pursuits. This is more in keeping with the Independent WomenÕs Forum findings in a study entitled ÒWomenÕs Figures: The Economic Progress of Women in America.ÓÊ Here we raised the issue of womenÕs life choices as a factor in what they earn, daring to suggest that choices, rather than sexism, accounted for much of the Òwage gap.ÓÊ When we compared apples with apples -- childless men and women between 23 and 27 -- the wage gap disappeared. The very study requested by Maloney and Dingell finds similar choice-based wage disparities. For example, almost nine out of 10 men are employed full time compared with only one in three women.Ê And how Ôbout the marriage gap?Ê The study finds that married men earn about 8.3 percent more than men whoÕve never been married. Why does Maloney, who has no problem pulling a sex-discrimination rabbit out of the hat of Òexpert speculationÓ not find this marriage gap evidence of discrimination based on marital status?Ê Is there not an Òinherent annual bonusÓ just for being married?Ê At IWF, we continue to find that women are more in control of our own fates than Ms. Maloney would like to concede.Ê Preferring Òspeculation by expertsÓ over the actual facts in the study, Maloney and Dingell want to establish a research center at some public university to study the alleged wage gap. As the Associated Press put it, such a center would Òstudy potential solutions and publish information for employers and employees.Ó Solutions to what? The on the job gap? The study found that, on average, men work 2,147 hours a year compared to 1,675 hours for women.Ê Should men be forced to work less? Should women be coerced into working more? We suggest a federally funded institute to study this looming problem.