Martha Burk v. Warren Farrell on the ‘Wage Gap’

The average American woman earns only 76 cents for every dollar a man earns. Feminists have long argued that this is the result of sexism. Men’s activists and dissident feminists counter that the gap is caused by the different career and lifestyle choices men and women make, and that it is often the responsibilities of motherhood, not discrimination, which hold women’s wages back.

Martha Burk, Chair of the National Council of Women’s Organizations, believes that discrimination is pervasive in corporate America. In her new book Cult of Power: Sex Discrimination in Corporate America and What Can Be Done About It she claims to have uncovered daily discrimination against women at their companies. She calls for companies to do “gender equity audits” on layoffs by gender and job category, new hires by gender and their pay averages, and new board members by gender.

Warren Farrell is the author of Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap — and What Women Can Do About It. He contends that when all relevant factors are considered, women make at least as much as comparable men–and quite possibly more.

Burk and Farrell debated the ‘Wage Gap’ on His Side with Glenn Sacks on Sunday, May 22. To listen to the audio archive of the show, click here.

To learn more, see:

  • Excerpt from Burk’s new book Cult of Power–A Simple Letter About Discrimination, Not Golf
  • Farrell on ‘Why men earn more’ (UPI, 3/2/05)
  • Glenn’s column Is Pay a Function of Gender Bias? (Los Angeles Times, 5/12/01)
  • Glenn’s column The Price of Fatherhood–a Father’s Reply to Ann Crittenden’s ‘Mothers’ Manifesto’ (Los Angeles Daily Journal, San Francisco Daily Journal, 1/10/02)
  • Does Warren Farrell ‘Blame Women’ for the Pay Gap? See Author Reopens a Gender War With New Look at Pay Gap Between Women and Me (Newhouse News Service, 2/9/05)
  • Martha Burk’s Augusta Boycott: Martha and Hootie: Three years later (Golf Digest, 4/7/05)
  • Glenn’s co-authored column Indiana Woman’s ‘Housework Strike’: Maybe It’s Husbands Who Should Strike (Gary Post-Tribune, 11/8/02)