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Covert writes: "It can't be explained away by saying women just don't have the right experience or ambition for the highest-paying jobs."

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Proof That the Gender Wage Gap Isn't Women's Fault

By Byrce Covert, ThinkProgress

19 November 14

 

he gender wage gap — the fact that the average American woman working full time, year round makes 78 percent of what a man will make doing the same — is the result of many factors. Some claim that these factors alone make up for the difference: they say women earn less because they choose lower-paying jobs, take breaks from work to care for children, and don’t ask for more money or responsibility.

But it can’t be explained away by saying women just don’t have the right experience or ambition for the highest-paying jobs. Bloomberg Businessweek looked at nearly 10,000 of this year’s male and female MBA graduates, who are usually young and childless, ambitious, and all of whom had a full-time job lined up. Despite the fact that this weeds out those have different work experience, seek flexibility in order to care for children, want part-time jobs, or just don’t aim for the top, women got starting salaries that were almost $15,000 less than those for men.

While the analysis finds that women are more likely to go into lower paying fields, even within industries they’ll be paid less. In 17 of 22 industries, women were offered less starting money than men. In finance, for example, women’s salaries were $22,000 lower, while they were $12,300 lower in tech and $11,500 in consulting.

This problem dogs all female graduates, not just those leaving business programs. Women who graduate college will get lower starting salaries than men in their first year even when their schools, grades, majors, jobs, and hours worked are taken into account. At any education level, a man will make more than a woman. He’ll also make more in any industry — including female-dominated ones — and virtually every job. Even women with higher high school GPAs, who should be making more, will earn less than men with lower grades.

Some of women’s choices certainly do play a role in the wage gap, a big one being the fact that they are much more likely to interrupt their careers to care for children than men. But only about 10 percent of the gap between women’s and men’s wages can be explained by different work histories, or in other words, career interruptions. Even young, childless women make less than their male peers. In fact, many studies of the wage gap have come up with an “unexplained” portion, which is where bias may exist.

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+3 # keenon the truth 2014-11-19 21:57
How about public school teachers? Here in Japan that is about the only professional field with equal pay.
 
 
-8 # lnason@umassd.edu 2014-11-20 04:49
The study does eliminate some confounding factors and does show that the gender pay gap is much less than the standard quote. Unfortunately, the study is small, narrow (only MBAs were investigated -- what about doctors, lawyers, architects, plumbers, carpenters, accountants, nurses, etc., etc.) and did not correct for several other factor (positions being sought or grade point averages, for instance).

The broader regression analysis studies all show that men and women doing the same work earn more in some fields, less in others, and, overall, about the same or very nearly the same as men.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+7 # backwards_cinderella 2014-11-20 06:00
did you bother to read the article?
 
 
+5 # bmiluski 2014-11-20 09:48
Oh cinderella..... .Lee Nason is a neo-con. They only read what they're told to. And then they go forward and spread the neo-con version of the truth.
 
 
+2 # chemtex2611 2014-11-21 01:42
How large a study do you want/ need?
NSF has studies with over 5000 respondents.
The data is repeatable from year to year for
the past 15 years.

You are ignoring the numerous studies that have been done concerning doctors, lawyers, chemists and physicists. You are living in a bubble. Get out and look around.
 

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