gender pay gap

The Ambition Myth

Bryce Covert, writing for The Atlantic, aggregates the results of several studies that collectively undermine the argument that lack of female ambition is responsible for the gender wage gap. Here’s a sample:

The research organization Catalyst, for example, found that among MBA grads on a traditional career track, women are even more likely than men to seek out skill-building experiences and training opportunities and to make their achievements visible by asking for feedback and promotions. Women also reported similar rates of negotiating as men: 47 percent of women and 52 percent of men had asked for a higher salary during the hiring process, and 14 percent of women and 15 percent of men had asked for a higher position. No gap there.

Scientists Being Anti-Scientific

A new study shows that science faculty (both male and female) display significant bias against female scientists. The graph showing the disparity in starting salary is particularly damning (even taking into account the adjusted scale of the graph).

Via Jezebel.

Ask For A Raise And Get Yes For An Answer

We found four real women who negotiated for raises, and got them. These aren’t career coaches or hiring managers—they’re just ambitious, conscientious women like we are, who made things happen for themselves.

The key is in those last five words. The fact that employers ought to be the ones safeguarding pay equality shouldn’t stop women from fighting for what they deserve.