Two New Studies Show the Wage Gap is Still Terrible

Two new studies are giving us more proof that the wage gap is a very real issue in the workforce. One that was released by Cornell University shows that when more women enter male-dominated fields, the pay drops significantly – at an average of 20 percent less. Another by Glassdoor – a website where you can anonymously review companies – finds that gender bias is a huge driver in the pay gap.

Ultimately, these findings send a message that work by women is not valued the same way as the same work by men, despite women being, on average, more educated and just as experienced as men.

“A striking example is to be found in the field of recreation — working in parks or leading camps — which went from predominantly male to female from 1950 to 2000,” a New York Times piece said on the study. “Median hourly wages in this field declined 57 percentage points, accounting for the change in the value of the dollar, according to Professor Levanon. The job of ticket agent also went from mainly male to female during this period, and wages dropped 43 percentage points.”

The Glassdoor study looked at salaries listed for thousands of men and women on the company’s website in five countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and France. In all countries, men made more than women. Both studies point to gender bias within industries as the main problem.

“The single biggest cause of the gender pay gap is occupation and industry sorting of men and women into jobs that pay differently throughout the economy,” the Glassdoor study said. “In the U.S., occupation and industry sorting explains 54 percent of the overall pay gap—by far the largest factor.”

With industry sorting, our cultures send strong messages to males and females as early as birth.

These messages start out as clothing and toys — while girls see marketing for princesses and dolls, boys see marketing for superheroes and trucks — and move into myths that girls aren’t good at science and math, which follows them all throughout their lives. That myth mirrors the pay gap, as the industry with the widest pay gap is information technology, even though a recent gender-blind study awaiting peer review found that women coders had a higher acceptance rate than their male peers.

According to Glassdoor, however, the key to closing the gap is in employers’ hands.

“Research shows that employer policies that embrace salary transparency can help eliminate hard-to-justify gender pay gaps, and can play an important role in helping achieve balance in male-female pay in the workplace.”

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for sharing.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

They just passed another law to fix this problem. How many laws is it going to take?

Janet B.
Janet B2 years ago


Margaret Goodman
Margaret Goodman2 years ago

Deborah W. wrote, "Too bad all job interviews can't be conducted in the blind, with voice alterations to prevent gender identification ... "

I've heard that tryouts for major symphony orchestras in the United States do this. So, in the Philadelphia Orchestra the first chair of the tuba section is a woman!

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Margaret Goodman
Margaret Goodman2 years ago

Joe V. wrote " ... One always has the right of refusal if they don't like the job or salary"

Yes, one can choose not to take a job that pays unfairly low wages. But that choice can lead to no job at all, which in the United States can all too easily lead to starvation, homelessness, illness, and death.

Janis K.
Janis K2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Marie W.
Marie W2 years ago

Not much real change.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

KAREN SickAgain G.
Karen Gee2 years ago

Thank you for sharing