People who want to deny that unequal pay is a problem will ask, "So should we just force everyone to be paid the same?! This is basic economics! Communism is what you want!" No, stupid. The unequal pay is a dependent variable, and the independent variables are racism and misogyny and how those affect education, housing, policing, access to medical and mental health care, diet and so on and so forth. If we all had the same treatment and access and opportunities, the pay gap wouldn't exist. But we arent treated the same. So it isnt just economics. And it isnt about communism either.