Women Ask For Raises As Much As Men

Contrary to some popular “wisdom” on women and the pay gap, women do ask for raises and promotions as often as men. They are just given less for their request then their male counterparts.

The conclusion is just one drawn in The Myth of the Ideal Worker, a Catalyst report that looks studied gender issues in business. The research focused on the career paths of high-potential men and women, sampling from thousands of MBA graduates from top schools across the globe and found that, among those who had moved on from their first post-MBA job there was no real difference in the proportion of women and men who asked for a raise or a promotion. That is, men and women were asking for raises and promotions at the same rate.

They just weren’t receiving them at the same rate.

Women who initiated the conversations about pay or promotions and changed jobs post MBA actually experienced slower compensation growth then the women who did not switch jobs. This is a totally different story for men. For men, changing jobs went hand-in-hand with negotiating for a higher salary.

But for women, there is simply no catching up. The Catalyst report shows that as both men’s and women’s careers progress, the gender gap in level and pay grows.

So what would be driving this difference if in fact women do ask for raises and promotions as often as men and just get less in return? Could it be old-fashioned gender bias? I’m having a hard time seeing any other explanation.

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Helen K.

If you're interested, read to the end of this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/29/AR2007072900827.html

Short version, multiple ways of testing found that women who negotiate are treated worse-- seen as not nice, not team players, unpleasant to work with-- than women who wait and accept what is offered. The effect is worse in how men perceive them than how other women do.

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g d c5 years ago

yep, gender bias...

KS Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

thanks for the info

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Chad A.
Chad Anderson5 years ago

I have had to endure a lot of economics and sociology that "proves" that women "choose" to earn less... Let's just start paying people according to their contribution to society so that teachers and single mothers will be rolling in cash and leveraged bailout dealmakers will have to beg for change.

Mandi A.
Amanda A5 years ago

The fact that women don't get paid as much is BS, not the article. Thanks.

Mandi A.
Amanda A5 years ago

This is BS.

Lauren F.
Lauren F5 years ago

women deserve equal pay.

Carole H.
Carole H5 years ago

It is so depressing that some 40 years on from when I remember asking for equal rights in pay etc. nothing seems to change for women - so sad and a reflection of one of the many things wrong with this world - having a p***s does not mean you are a better worker.