The editorial cartoon (R-J, 4-13, pg. D-3) showing what appears to be a female figure holding a “Pay Equity” sign is right on.
The GOP seems to be making the point that if you want higher-paying employment (regardless of gender), majoring in science, technology, engineering and math is the path to take. A liberal arts or general studies degree will, for many, result in a job in the service industry, and is often not worth the investment of time and tuition expenses.
And the government’s report on gender pay inequality lumps all types of jobs together and does not distinguish among them. Since men far outnumber women graduating in STEM degree programs, that may explain some of the pay disparity.
This in no way suggests that women are not as capable in these fields, but they may not be as interested in them.
And, over the years, I have worked with and for a number of women whom I respected for their professionalism and competence, although I did not see their paychecks.
Finally, the sad reality is that those who are not willing or capable of taking the tough courses while demanding higher pay are likely doomed to a lifetime career of holding up signs.