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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