It becomes that much more difficult to fix a problem when some believe the problem doesn't exist.

Despite a statistically proven 21-cent gender wage gap, there’s yet another divide along gender lines when it comes to accepting the realities of gender “equality” in America.

A staggering 26 percent of men do not believe that the gender wage gap exists, that according to a GenFKD survey asking whether the government is trying to close the very real 21-cent pay discrepancy. The survey, conducted online between February 26 and February 29, 2016, is part of the GenFKD Oppression to Opportunity campaign focused on gender and economic opportunity during the month of March.

Q 5 March

Source: GenFKD Gender and Economic Opportunity survey – Male | Female

Female respondents, who generally believe that the gender wage gap exists, were seriously unimpressed with the government’s efforts to close said gap. Approximately 76 percent of females surveyed doubt that the big guns over on Capitol Hill are doing anything at all to solve this lingering wage inequality, compared to just 50 percent of men.

When asked which method would be most effective in closing the gender wage gap, most women selected “passing additional wage equality legislation” (31 percent) or “mandatory childcare benefits and access to day care” (27 percent). Men selected “none of the above” (23 percent) or “exposing salary information” (21 percent) as their preferred options. This suggests that women are looking for a more decisive governmental role, while men tend to hold employers — or nobody — accountable for this problem.

Q6 March

Source: GenFKD Gender and Economic Opportunity survey – Male | Female

There’s also a gender gap in perception when it comes to professional opportunity.

A whopping 55 percent of men believe that women are treated equally in the workplace, while just 25 percent of women can say the same. Generally speaking, women feel that their gender has a tangible impact on their careers, from a perceived lack of educational services in college to somewhat limited opportunities when entering the job market. Conversely, men do not feel that their gender impacts their professional development or career opportunities.

Q 7 March

Source: GenFKD Gender and Economic Opportunity survey – Male | Female

Unfortunately, these results aren’t all that surprising. Especially when you consider the lack of gender diversity in the cutting edge world of Silicon Valley tech startups, the underlying education gap that perpetuates this lack of diversity and the salary anticipation gap that stratifies females before entering the job market.

What does come as a surprise, however, is the unfortunate lack of acceptance regarding the realities of gender equality and the persistent wage gap in America. Whether it’s simply due to a lack of awareness or a blind belief in the rosy idea that we’ve already reached true gender parity, this refusal to confront the truth of our egalitarianism is problematic.

Not only does this refusal rely on the inevitability of progress – or the idea that our society naturally progress towards equality with or without action – but it also undermines the efforts of those that are working towards a more just society. It becomes that much more difficult to fix a problem when some believe that the problem doesn’t exist.

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Posted 03.12.2016 - 03:00 pm EST