Womansplaining the Pay Gap

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By Maya Salam

If I had a nickel for every time someone told me, “The gender pay gap is a myth,” I may have made back the income I’ve lost over the years for being a woman.

It’s not a myth. And yet the nuance required to explain what perpetuates these misconceptions is not the stuff made for 280-character sound bites on social media, where sweeping dismissals (Men work longer hours! Men pick higher-paying careers!) can quickly snowball.

Today is Equal Pay Day — created in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity, a coalition of women’s, civil

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