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Blondes Have More Fun…And Apparently Make More Money

Blondes Have More Fun…And Apparently Make More Money

They say blondes have more fun, but did you know they make more money too?

Research from the University of Queensland in Australia has found that blondes earn 7% more on average than women with darker locks. The study surveyed 13,000 women and found that the wage gap existed even when education, height, and weight were measured as well.

Dr. David Johnston, the researcher who led the study, said “Blonde women are often depicted as being more attractive than other women, but also less intelligent. But it seems the association between blondes and beauty dominates any perception that they have low intelligence.”

Adding insult to injury, the study also revealed that blondes marry wealthier husbands who earn 6 percent more than those who have wives with different color hair.

The study did not reveal why these figures stand as they are but as Johnston points out, being blonde is equated with being attractive. It’s no surprise that attractive people make more money – we’ve heard it before – but it’s infuriating nonetheless, especially when you consider the fact that intelligence is irrevelant.

It turns out that when it comes to your paycheck, beauty outweighs brains – at least for blondes.

Fair? Certainly not.

And either is being judged solely on the color of you hair or anything else for that matter. One trait does not make a person, but that doesn’t change the fact that women are constantly judged harshly by their physical appearance. Whether it’s their hair color, weight, or clothing, the goal is always the same – be beautiful. We are told if you are beautiful you will be happy and accepted. And as it turns out, you might be a little richer, too.

And what about men? Do men make more money if they have a certain hair color or does education factor into their paycheck? I’d like to see a study on that.

I have to say that blondes do often get a bad reputation though. I’m sure you’ve heard a “dumb blonde” joke or two, or have an exceptionally smart blonde friend who has been underestimated or not taken seriously solely because of her golden locks. One of my best friends, a blonde, has actually been told at various jobs that people didn’t expect her to be smart.

These snap judgments are certainly unfair, but unfortunately the President of the International Blonde Association isn’t doing anything to help her cause:

“We [blondes] also do better in the workplace because when we make a mistake we can say, ‘Oh, sorry about that, it’s because I’m blonde’ and get away with it.”

Well, this brunette is offended for my blonde counterparts everywhere.

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7:52AM PDT on Apr 26, 2010

I am a blonde. I was always on the honor roll in school,skipped a grade,have an above average I.Q. and graduated from college on the Dean's List. I don't appreciate it when people make "dumb blonde" remarks. There are just as many "dumb brunettes" and "dumb redheads". I am tired of the stereotype.

3:33AM PDT on Apr 14, 2010

crazy!!!
at least it would make some sense if they were seen as dumb and got less paid - that´s some logic in that even if it´s wrong....

2:38AM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

interesting

5:10AM PDT on Apr 12, 2010

it would definitely like to see them do a survey on how people treat men with different looks

6:58PM PDT on Apr 11, 2010

they're so pretty.

5:47PM PDT on Apr 11, 2010

I'm a natural blonde woman.. And I agree. I have been type-cast all my life as a "dumb" blonde, without a care in the world and that things have always been handed to me on a silver platter... HA!

This is a totally disturbing finding - but I'm sorry to say that I can completely believe it.

As the author said - I would LOVE to see if the hair color of Men influence their income, promotions, stereotyping, etc.

12:05PM PDT on Apr 10, 2010

Beautiful looking people have always received special treatment. I doubt that being Aryan looking is only important to racist people. Oh, I fogot..sorry, America is a racist country.

6:38AM PDT on Apr 10, 2010

As a child actress, my dark hair was always the background for the blonde-haired lead girl. I didn't understand it then. But things haven't changed much and still to this day, blondes are considered more delicate and special while dark haired girls are still being cast as the toughies or eccentrics. The few "trophy" wives I have encountered in my life have all been blonde. Again, has image taken such a strong hold on our lives? Is it unique to western culture? Do blondes or fairer women in China have more advantage?

12:09AM PDT on Apr 10, 2010

Would a person discriminate if they were colour blind!?

10:55PM PDT on Apr 9, 2010

Why is this news. Any older woman can tell you that she probably has been passed over at a job interview, no matter how much experience or education --- for Ms. Blonde teeny bopper who's only qualifier is how nice she will be to look at on the job. Ladies- support women owned business , use your dollars to make a difference by supporting women owned business. I hate corporate america!

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