I agree that you should be paid for the job you do, if you are a Doctor you should be compensated as such, if you are a mid-level manger or a fast food employee you should be compensated as such. In 2011, male or female can hold many of the same positions, but women only earn 80% as much as men. It could be for traditional reasons but studies show that the gap is closing and women are no longer accepting these statistics.
Moneywatch.com stated that a MBA study showed that men and women graduate and begin earning around the same but after 10 years men earn significantly more. The reason stated motherhood, more days off, and career breaks. I must say this is a very strong argument for the men. If women are not gaining the experience or working the hours, they will not increase their salary, motherhood becomes a greater priority than getting ahead. Women also tend to take lower paying jobs like teaching, nursing the study showed 1out of every 8 followed this career path. I also think it’s because men are better negotiators and demand their worth in a way that’s respected, women are less forceful and don’t get the same type of respect, even if they do demand it, they can be perceived as bitchy. Don’t give up hope women of the working world!
The study also mentions that because of the recession and the smart women in the world the gap may be closing. The recession knocked out many predominantly male jobs, like construction and high level management. This lessens the confidence of men and the careers like teaching and nursing become more appealing because they offer job security. Women are also out numbering men in college attendance and we all know that a degree will put you in a better negotiating position and offer a higher salary; women are also moving away from the barefoot and pregnant life role to the success roles in the work force. Watch out gentlemen the ladies are defying the behavior of previous professional females and demanding the salary gap be decreased and call it bitchiness if you want, I call it being confident, and asking for respect just like any man would.
Many men and women both work in many roles across the world and considering all variables align why should men still be paid more than women?
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