Title:Women's Figures: Second Edition
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The myth that women make 78 cents on a man’s dollar is a standard refrain in popular media and serves as a rationale for affirmative action for women. Unstated is that for women and men with the same job and work experience, the wage gap practically disappears. In "Women’s Figures", Manhattan Institute senior fellow Diana Furchtgott-Roth shatters the myth of the wage gap. Women are continuing to gain ground relative to men, and in some cases, they have even reversed the gender gap. Rather than helping women, preferential policies undermine America’s idea of meritocracy, and call into question the value of women’s hard-earned achievements.
"From its insouciant title to its incisive reasoning, this volume is a devastating riposte to the feminist faction of the Great American Grievance Industry which, Diana Furchtgott-Roth’s book demonstrates, has been battered by a storm of good news."
--George F. Will
"Furchtgott-Roth’s encouraging conclusion—that women don't need special treatment to get ahead—is plainly common sense now and yet provocative as it challenges some pervasive media assumptions and political agendas. This volume should be required reading for anyone concerned about fair wages and a competitive American workforce in the twenty-first-century economy."
--The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Secretary of Labor, 2001-2009
"The feminist lobby spends millions of dollars each year propping up myths and half-truths about women's alleged continuing second-class status. Furchtgott-Roth politely, methodically, and persuasively knocks it all down—and supplies up-to-date charts, statistics, and interpretation on the wage gap, the glass ceiling, the 'feminization of poverty,' and much else. The new, reality-based feminism starts here."
--Christina Hoff Sommers, American Enterprise Institute
"Gender Studies teachers who fail to include this classic in the syllabus fail their students, male and female."
--Amity Shlaes, Bloomberg syndicated columnist and author of Coolidge (HarperCollins).
"In today's ideologically soaked intellectual culture, we are more than ever in need of brilliant, bold truth-tellers. That's why I'm so grateful for the work of Diana Furchtgott-Roth. In "Women's Figures," she exposes a vast number of falsehoods and half-truths that have achieved the status of dogma in Gender Studies and related fields."
--Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University
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