the pay disparity compares equal jobs - it compares apples to apples, not apples to oranges.
dangerous jobs? the #1 cause of death of a prostitute is homicide. housewives? 3 die a day. homicide is a leading cause of death of pregant women. 500,000 women die in the world from childbirth.
in other countries, women work in salt mines, agriculture (workng with pesticides), etc. In developing countries, women work from sun up to sun down, often nonstop.
it is not "random' that women are in lower paying, non unionized, crap jobs - nor that minorities are. in canada, they refer to women's jobs as the c's - something like clerical, caregiver, etc.
and, in fact, recent studies have found that caregiving jobs, dominated by females are highly stressful and demanding.
take another example - women work as maids in hotels & work nonstop,often at minimum wage, no health benefits, and hardly ever a tip. but let a male porter roll up a luggage rack and boom, he's handed several dollars. (i know, i used to work at a hotel)....
as well, women have been trying to break into construction. the only jobs they give them is as flag wavers, making $7 an hour. how do you survive on that?
NO, it's not always "our choice" to work lower paying jobs, there are many sociological factors, many factors about ingrained thinking of gender roles, discrimination, etc. playing a role.
we are to act like men to get ahead. we are to fit in - a round peg in a square hole. let their be child care - onsite even - health benefits and pair pay.
women make up the majority of min wage jobs. min wage hasn't been raised in years. yet congressmen give themselves a big fat raise every year.
apparently, altho several million women are caring for their children alone, they somehow dont merit the status of "breadwinner" - no, that is reserved for male alone. it goes back a century when americans were leaving the farm to work in urban centers. the women got "pin money" for doing the same work as males ---the pay disparity has a loooong history.