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Gender Discrimination in the Workplace is Real, Not an “Urban Legend”

Forbes writer’s arguments are misguided and sexist

NEW YORKAug. 23, 2013—Ms. Foundation for Women released the following statement in response to writer Kyle Smith’s inaccurate and sexist claims that inequality in the workplace is a myth.

Aleyamma Mathew, Ms. Foundation for Women senior program officer, economic justice, said:

“Sex bias in the workplace is not, as Smith suggests, an ‘emotional story about stubborn prejudice’ — a description that reeks of misogyny — but a very real issue with tangible human costs. Research shows that paycheck discrimination exists at all levels. When women make less than men for the same work, they are not being treated equally, plain and simple.”

“Smith uses faulty logic to make his outrageous claims, extrapolating from a study that included data about workers’ satisfaction with retirement plans and health insurance benefits to conclude that discrimination must not exist.

“The ongoing attempt of gender-discrimination deniers like Smith to paint workplace inequality as an urban legend or a myth of female perception is a dangerous falsehood that hurts women, families and communities. On the heels of a new Pew Charitable Trust report showing that 40 percent of women are the main economic providers for their families, it is more important than ever to eliminate wage inequality and other forms of gender discrimination that prevent women from achieving economic security.”


The Ms. Foundation for Women fights to eliminate barriers for every woman in the U.S. For 40 years, we have worked tirelessly to secure women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. At our core, we are advocates giving a voice to women to elevate their most pressing issues. We’re continually investing funds, time, expertise and training in more than 100 trailblazing organizations nationwide to secure a better future for ourselves, our families and our communities.

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