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Why Do Women Make Less Than Men?

Some more data: According to the American Time Use Survey Summary:
Men worked 56 minutes more a day on average than women, which translates to women putting in ON AVERAGE 88% of the amount of time men put in (53 minutes on the hour...). This is just one more data point, as are the 77 or 83 cents on the dollar numbers. I agree with e.g., cmeyerchhs, that the raw numbers usually only tell part of the story. That goes both ways though. At the end of the day, if the marketplace is willing to pay less for your product/services than someone else's, it is OK to try and analyze why and how the marketplace is unfair, but it would be unwise to leave out the opportunity to look in the mirror as well (that is what a good CEO would do); maybe the answer, at least in part, can be found there. I am currently a stay-at-home dad because it was next to impossible to balance the demands of a relatively high paying job and family. Therefore, I can appreciate how difficult it is for women attempting to balance work and family. However, I can also appreciate the fact that the this balancing effort comes at the expense of work, at least as far as demanding high paying jobs go. The other possibility is to look for "family friendly" jobs, which many women end up doing (my wife is currently transitioning that way). These jobs, however, tend to pay less.

May 10, 2011 at 12:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Why Do Women Make Less Than Men?

For Pat Finn: (Forgive my English, as I am not a native English speaker). Obviously, in the current day and age, the public sector will not allow for sex-based compensation discrimination for hires at the same level. As for the private sector, I suspect the same applies. Neither Starbucks for a Batista starting salary nor Qualcomm for a new grad hire at the engineer or senior engineer level will have compensation differences. The differences, therefore, must be a result of quicker promotions, higher bonuses, and higher compensation increases for males. As for the reasons, opinions may vary. In high tech, I have seen it happen again and again: Male employees willing to sacrifice much more, work nights and weekends to meet deadlines while female employees have other priorities. Now don't get me wrong, I think that SOME of these priorities are noble ones, and some males would wish they had the luxury to be excused due to obligations out side of work (males are EXPECTED to make the job their top and only priority). The reasons for THESE difference have historical roots similar to those you listed.
That being said, from the employer point of view, however, his male employee produces more, is more dependable (e.g., crunch time, when it is needed most), and is worth investing in long term.

Here is an article that provides another example. It explains why even though 45 percent of law associates are female, only 19% of partners are. The female partners were willing to sacrifice, and do whatever it took to get there (just like the men who became partners had to?).

Senior positions often require work to be the top priority ALL OF THE TIME. This situation is still not agreeable to many women, they want to be family oriented (or are expected to be...). Well, this is not what the job requires! As long as the underlying situation, where our society expects women to be more family oriented and men more job oriented persists (whatever the reason, historical, biological or other), women, on average, will be less likely to obtain senior positions, and will therefore receive ON AVERAGE lower pay.

May 9, 2011 at 8:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Why Do Women Make Less Than Men?

Are we too afraid of not being politically correct; even if the flip side clearly makes sense? Allow me to be the devil's advocate.
We always trust the market place to regulate itself through supply and demand, right? It seems to me that there therefore must be a reason for employers willing on average to pay 30% more for a male hire (20% more in San Diego).
In any other case when such a significant statistic emerges from the data, we say with confidence that the function or utility of the more expensive product must be greater or that it must be more reliable/dependable, etc.
Maybe a topic for a piece some other time should be for a discussion about why females are so much less appealing to employers than males. What is it in their performance on the job or dependability that makes employers willing to pay significantly less for their services? Just a thought...

May 9, 2011 at 9:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )