Wage Differences

Closing the Gender Gap

04.01.13 11:52 AM ET

In a New York Times Room for Debate exchange, Christina Sommers argues that those who would close the male-female pay gap need to re-engineer women's preferences, not the structure of American society.

Talented young women who aspire to be rich and powerful would be advised to major in economics or electrical engineering rather than psychology or social work. They should be prepared to work 60 hours a week at the office rather than combining shorter hours with home, family, and other pursuits they find fulfilling. Those who stick with this course will find that their W-2s are equal to those of their male counterparts.

If women don't make that choice, what we have is not injustice. It is freedom.