Milia Fisher's Article: Women Of Color And The Gender Wage Gap

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Other factors which make wages unequal are economic and social factors. Milia Fisher enlightened her readers about the racial profiling of jobs and in her article, “Women of Color and the Gender Wage Gap.” Women of color (African-American and Hispanic/Latina women) are more likely to work occupations such as service sectors, while Caucasian women and Asian Americans are least likely (Fisher). Women are heavily directed toward occupations such as teaching and assisting. In addition, Fisher stated that employers also take into account that there may be the potential for maternity leave, (see “Figure 4”) resulting in a liability for the workforce and the women getting paid less for the hours that they will potentiality not be able to work (Fisher). …show more content…
Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn reveal the social and economic factors behind the wage gap in their excerpt titled, “The Gender Pay Gap: Have Women Come as Far as They Can?” The research showed that, “discriminatory exclusion of women from “male” jobs can result in an excess supply of labor in “female” occupations, depressing wages there for otherwise equally productive workers,” (Blau, Kahn). Blau and Kahn add to Fisher’s claims that the fact of being a women impacts wage due to common stereotypes and biological factors. The fallacy in Fisher’s article is that she doesn’t explain why African–Americans have a disadvantages as soon as they start working because statistically they are the least likely racial group to get a higher education but Fisher fails to back her claim with research or other support. Blau and Kahn display the fallacy Red Herring in their article. Blau and Kahn discuss the unexplained factors of the wage gap, but then explain the known factors and never come back to their theories of what is

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