Why I am a feminist, reason 867: “women who work full time and have never taken time off to have children earn about 11 percent less than men with equivalent education and experience.”
Ok, so women should just get better at asking for money, right? But wait, it’s not that simple:
“…men and women get very different responses when they initiate negotiations. Although it may well be true that women often hurt themselves by not trying to negotiate, this study found that women’s reluctance was based on an entirely reasonable and accurate view of how they were likely to be treated if they did. Both men and women were more likely to subtly penalize women who asked for more — the perception was that women who asked for more were “less nice”.

“This isn’t about fixing the women,” Bowles said. “It isn’t about telling women, ‘You need self-confidence or training.’ They are responding to incentives within the social environment.””
Washington Post.

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