The women’s labor force has grown tremendously in recent decades, making up almost half the entire U.S. workforce, yet the wages they earn haven’t caught up to their male counterparts.
Women start behind and never catch up. Two years after graduating with the same degree as a woman, a man working the same number of hours in the same type of job will earn almost $10,000 more, said Rosalind Barnett, a Brandeis University researcher and author of “The New Soft War on Women.”
Over a career, a woman with a bachelor’s degree will earn a third less than a man with the same degree, Barnett told Big Data Download.
Women are judged on what they have actually done, but promise and potential is enough for a man to move up the corporate ladder, Barnett said.
Of course, some women do make it to the top, but Barnett said they face much more scrutiny.
“Men are seen as having more potential, they’re natural leaders, they’re aggressive, they’re assertive, they’re driven, they’re ambitious and so they are promoted on their potential, they have a lot of star power. Women on the other hand, when they get to those positions, are seen with kind of a wary eye. They don’t belong here, they don’t have what it takes,” said Barnett.
According to the book, competent women are often judged to be unlikable--by both men and women. When men speak at length they are seen as powerful, forceful and competent. When women do the same, they are seen as seen as gabby and incompetent.