When NBC News special anchor Maria Shriver’s latest report, "A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink," became available on Amazon on Saturday, January 11, it already had 25 “five-star” ratings reflecting its basic theme: There continues to be a huge gender pay gap — 77 percent to be exact — between the sexes. Worthies ranging from liberal Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter to NBA basketball star LeBron James to Beyoncé contributed to the 557-page tome, each expressing some form of dismay over the continuing gender gap and offering various solutions on how to close it, usually from a Progressive point of view.
We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn't a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes.
This is from a working girl who describes herself as a “modern-day feminist” with a net worth of $350 million gained as a recording star.
Then there’s contributor LeBron James, the highest paid basketball player in the world, with 2013 earnings of $56.5 million.
And there’s Shriver herself, a member of the Kennedy family (her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, was a sister of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward “Teddy” Kennedy) now living in a $10-million home following her divorce from former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2011.
Each of these brings a special insight and unique perspective into the problem of wage discrimination in America.
The Shriver Report was cosponsored by the Center for American Progress, a self-described left-wing think tank founded in 2003 as “an idea factory for the Democrats” and purposely designed to counter conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. It publishes ThinkProgress, a blog that “provides a forum that advances progressive ideas and policies.” One of the main ideas being advanced is that the sexes are equal, or should be, and any difference must be legislatively removed, by force.
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