Of great concern to women (and all citizens) should be the temptation on the part of government to attempt to legislate away the alleged gender wage gap through equal-pay-for-equal-work legislation. For such government action, instead of benefiting women, would cause rampant female unemployment in the same way that legislated minimum-wage requirements contribute to increased unemployment of low-skilled workers. The reasoning is simple. First, the documented differences in productivity owing to varying labor-force-participation patterns (accompanied by mandated equal wages) would make it more cost effective to hire men as opposed to women. Second, if women receive equal direct wages and increased indirect benefits (such as maternity-leave supplements, for example) it will also be more cost effective to hire men instead of women. The net effect is increased female unemployment.
President Obama believes in a discriminatory gender wage gap caused by unscrupulous employers. He is in favor of passing additional laws to mandate equal pay for equal work. In essence, President Obama is peddling affirmative action for women. The notion that government compulsion is necessary to elevate women from second-class status should be seen for what it is: a degrading insult to women and an obvious falsehood. As has been previously demonstrated, no special treatment is required in order for women to get ahead. In fact, "Census data from 2008 show that single, childless women in their 20s now earn 8 percent more on average than their male counterparts in metropolitan areas."
When it comes to women's issues, as with all other issues, the path of liberty is at once the most prosperous and compassionate choice. Don't let anyone, not even the president, convince you otherwise.