Mostly because it doesn’t exist. Numerous studies from organizations of all stripes have found that the widely reported 23 cent wage gap between Men and Women doesn’t actually exist. When all factors are taken into account (education, benefits, tenure, similar positions), the gap narrows to about 6 cents. So does that prove discrimination? No…not really. A 2009 Department of Labor study found that the gap “may be almost entirely the result of individual choices being made by both male and female workers.”
Now, it is entirely possible that the 6 cents is discrimination. I have no doubt that there are some business people who do discriminate against women, but by doing so, they harm themselves.
Let’s look at this argument from a logical perspective. If, indeed, businessmen are after profits and only profits, and if indeed women are well-underpaid for the same work, a businessman would simply fire all his male workers, replace them with women for a significantly lower cost, and enjoy a huge market advantage. Given the fact that no one is doing this, it would suggest one of two things: 1) businesses are not greedy; they are contemptuous of women and would willingly sacrifice profits in order to discriminate or 2) there really is no wage gap.