Will We Have Equal Wages When Men Have More Daughters?

Is there finally a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to getting gender equity in wages?  Sort of — but it’s going to involve a lot of people having babies.

Via Feministing:

According to a new study, male CEOs are more likely to work to close the gender pay gap when they have daughters. The study, which is based on data from Danish companies collected between 1995 and 2006, found that the birth of a daughter to a male CEO is correlated with a slight closing of the wage gap at that CEO’s company. Denmark has a gender wage gap of 21.5% – not accounting for rank or hours worked. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that,

the birth of a daughter to a male CEO caused that gap to close, in his company, that same year, by 0.5 percentage points. Breaking the data down further, the birth of a first daughter caused the gap to close by 0.8 percentage points. If the first daughter was also a first child, the gap closed by 2.8 percentage points (representing 13% of the gap).

As a way of closing the gap in pay between men and women, it’s sad to say that at the rate we’ve been continuing in America, we may have more luck waiting for more men to have daughters than pushing legislation mandating equal pay for equal work.

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Jane W.
Jane Warren7 years ago

Sarah O commented above: "Another day, another 75 cents to the dollar." and I would like to know where she is getting such enlightened pay?
I've seen recent studies where it is 70 cents on the dollar, and with a university education it is only 69 cents.

joanna e.
joanna e7 years ago

It will be more equal when men see a baby daughter as a asset instead of someone to dote on. The prejudice starts with men (world wide) who recognize a son as an extension of themselves. To carry on their names. Some women, on the other hand, are good at doting on their sons. (not smart).
I'm with the Spanish women who get to keep their names after marriage. Genealogy in the U.S. would sure be a lot easier.

William Y.
William Y7 years ago

Mike B says "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini. 

Evidently he knew what he was saying, being a prime example of a fascist and evidently the Repubs are using him and another celebrated fascist from Germany as role models.

gerlinde p.
gerlinde p7 years ago

as long as women behave in the same ruthless way to get to the top, as all the male leaders do, there will be no change.

K s Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Chad Mccrory
Chad Mccrory7 years ago

I could be wrong though I have noticed that men with daughters are less likely to commit adultery with the exception of Clinton.

Joyce Squillante
Joyce S7 years ago

It's not often that I disagree with something on this site, but I just can't see any truth in this.

Sara O.
Sara O7 years ago

Another day, another 75 cents to the dollar.

Olivia Schlosser
Past Member 7 years ago


Mike B.
Michael Barnes7 years ago

Women will have equal pay as wages for all are driven down by fascists like Scott Walker in Wisconsin.

"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini.