I know there are going to be individual cases, and I can't comment on your particular case without knowing your experience, their experience, time worked, etc... so I won't.
When I am talking about dangerous jobs, I am talking about taking overseas jobs or high risk jobs that a lot of women don't want to deal with, but those skew men's earnings.
Are there times when women get screwed by the "good ol' boys club"? Of course there are, but it happens to men who don't play the stupid games too...
I apologize for bringing facts to this post....
"There’s only one problem with all of this: the wage gap is a myth. In point of fact, women tend to take jobs that are less lucrative, work less hours, and take more time off than men. There are many reasons that women earn less than men on average: men choose more dangerous jobs that pay more, choose uncomfortable jobs that pay more, work weekends and evenings more, specialize in high-stress areas of business.
The Department of Labor has itself pointed out the reasons for the fact that women make less money than men, on average: a greater percentage of women work part-time, leave work to bear children, and value family-friendly jobs. As Charles E. James, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Federal Contract Compliance, wrote back in 2009, “the differences in the compensation of men and women are the result of a multitude of factors and … the raw wage gap should not be used as the basis to justify corrective action. Indeed, there may be nothing to correct. The differences in raw wages may be almost entirely the result of the individual choices being made by both male and female workers.”
The proof is in the pudding: as Steve Tobek has pointed out, “Women business owners make less than half of what male business owners make, which, since they have no boss, means it’s independent of discrimination. The reason for the disparity, according to a Rochester Institute of Technology study, is that money is the primary motivator for 76% of men versus only 29% of women.”
Actually, in some areas women are at a significant advantage over men. The unemployment rate among women is lower than that for men. And as Carrie Lukas pointed out in the Wall Street Journal, “In a 2010 study of single, childless urban workers between the ages of 22 and 30, the research firm Reach Advisors found that women earned an average of 8% more than their male counterparts.”