wage gap

Pay Gap Narrows For Female Magazine Editors

In 2008, the average salary for men in the magazine business who held the title of editor or executive editor was $75,500, while the average pay for women in the same position was $56,400. But in 2012, that gap closed, with men making an average of $84,200, and women $85,700. And when looking at all magazine-editor categories combined, women’s salaries rose at a greater rate than men’s. Even if that bump is attributable to a few women taking on high-paying editing jobs at the top of the income spectrum, rather than to across-the-board gains, that’s still a sign that women are moving up the ladder to positions where they have more control as well as more money.

The pay gap among the rank-and-file of magazine employees remains significant, and higher up the ladder it reappears:

Women who hold the title of managing or senior editor made an average of $58,200 in 2012, while men earned $63,600. And it gets worse higher up the masthead, where the average male editorial director or editor-in-chief was taking home $100,800 in 2012 to his female counterpart’s $85,100, a divide that’s actually bigger than the $11,600 that separated those averages in 2008.

So pretty mitigated good news, but good news nonetheless.

The Biggest (And Smallest) Pay Gaps

More numbers, this time showing income disparity between men and women by occupation. Cheat sheet: if you are a woman, do not go into sales; do go into health or medicine as anything but a doctor.

Part of the gap in pay is driven by choices, even within single job categories. Among physicians, for example, women are more likely than men to choose lower-paid specialties (though this does not explain all of the pay gap among doctors).

And among all workers, women are more likely than men to take a significant time off from work to raise children, and they tend to be re-hired at lower wages than their counterparts who remained in the workforce.

This suggests to me that if employers don’t want to disadvantage themselves long-term by perpetuating a lack of gender diversity they should swallow the short-term costs of better accommodating working women who want to start families.

Via The Jane Dough.

German Politician's Remark Stirs Outcry Over Sexism

Rainer Brüderle, leader of Germany’s Free Democrat party, recently told Laura Himmelreich, a journalist who was interviewing him, that her breasts could “fill out a dirndl”. This remarkable piece of sexism has spurred a massive Twitter backlash, as women who had previously kept quiet suddenly began telling stories about their own experiences with sexual harassment.

Aynur Eroglu, a 20-year-old in Berlin who works in sales, says she is no stranger to sexual harassment at her job, where most of the customers are male.

“It happens all the time,” Ms. Eroglu said. “They get touchy or tell me how great my butt looks, saying they’d love to take me home.”

Germany apparently lags quite a bit when it comes to gender equality, with a 22-percent wage gap and a lack of representation in most upper management:

A woman who gave her name as Gudrun Lux posted about seeing her application for a job rejected because, she was told, “the boss does not want any women of childbearing age.” Another calling herself Su-Shee recounted interviewing a young male applicant who asked to see “the real boss, the man.”

Hopefully all this outrage goes somewhere.

Paycheck Fairness Act Reintroduced in Senate

The bill, S. 84 [sic] seeks to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and require employers to prove that differences in wage are the result of differences in merit, not gender. It also prohibits retaliation against employees who file claims of wage discrimination, and allows victims of wage discrimination to seek punitive damages for lost wages.

It seems like the primary purpose of the bill is to close a loophole in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 that allows employers to pay employees differently on the basis of “(1) a seniority system; (2) a merit system; (3) a system which measures earnings by quantity or quality of production; or (4) a differential based on any other factor other than sex”.

(4) is the loophole; you can shoehorn a lot of sexism into criteria that aren’t, strictly speaking, “sex”.


Francine Griesing filed a $200 million class action law suit against her former law firm, Greenberg Traurig, alleging that the firm discriminated against her and other female lawyers in its Philadelphia office because of their gender. Greenberg Traurig is one of the nation’s 200 largest law firms, and Ms. Griesing was a partner there from 2007 to 2010.

Ms. Griesing claims that many women partners received less compensation than did men with similar accomplishments. According to her law suit, there was only one exception to the inferior treatment afforded female partners: “GT [Greenberg Traurig] prioritizes, pays and promotes women who have intimate relationships with firm leaders or who acquiesce to sexualized stereotypes.”

So they do provide an equal opportunity!

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.

Three Women Sue Walmart for Gender Discrimination

Millner says in the complaint that she was accidentally handed a paycheck of a fellow assistant manager, and “discovered he was earning thousands of dollars more per year that she was despite having considerably less experience,” the lawsuit claims.

Other female workers, including a Navy veteran, were told they could not be promoted to management because it was a “man’s job,” attorneys said. A manager at a Franklin, Tenn., store told a female worker that “women should be seen and not heard,” the lawsuit alleges.

It’s 2012, people. 2012.

Via The Frisky.

Female Editors-in-Chief Make $15,000 Less Than Men

I know it’s not surprising, and I know I’ve covered several other stories like this, but I think we all need frequent reminders: no matter how irrelevant feminism might seem in the modern era, we still don’t actually have equality… yet.