Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Honest Statistics About "Patriarchy"

Women make up only 4% of Fortune 500 CEO's

Women make up only 17% of Directors on Fortune 500 boards

Women make up only 18% of the House of Representatives

Women make up only 20% of the Senate

These statistics are often used to promote the idea of a male dominated society--the patriarchy.

Here are a few more:

Women make up 60+% of those now attending college.

Women make higher grades in college.

Women are twice as likely to be hired as a male when applying for a job in science or mathematics.

Women are likely to earn more than male counterparts in these same jobs.

Someone might like to point out that women make 78 cents for every dollar that men make.  However, this is not a good measure of the "pay gap" between men and women because it does not compare apples to apples.  It compares all jobs across all ages.  A better representation would be to take similar jobs with similarly qualified candidates and compare how each is paid.  When this is done, the "pay gap" shrinks to a minimum.

Here are a few more startling statistics:

Men make up 92% of all work related deaths.

Men make up 95% of the prison population.

Men make up 75% of those who attempt to commit suicide.

Men make up 60-70% of the homeless population.

If these numbers represented women, we would be outraged and be calling for societal change.  We would be declaring that society had declared a war upon women.  There is no societal war on women.  There is no societal war on men. 

There is definitely brokenness and need to dig deep to understand why.  But shrill cries and overlooking broad statistics in society does no one any good.

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