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If you're a working gal, you’re probably a little hot under the collar just thinking about the insane pay gap between men and women in the U.S.
But, according to a study done by Stanford University, 60-percent of the causes of the pay gap are because of these 6 factors...
1. Job Choice- Women who work in Science, technology, engineering and mathematics make 33 percent more than their female counterparts in other industries. Sadly women make up a measly 24 percent of workers these jobs, according to the White House. Move on to the medical field you say? Nope. Women are found more often as nurses and less often as surgeons, leading to a big difference in pay.
2. Hours on the job- Men work longer hours-an average of six more per week, according to Business Insider. And, they're more likely to work weekends, too. Statistically women are twice as likely to work part time, according to the United States Department of Labor, usually due to not being able to find full time positions.
3. Education- Women now make up for the majority of college graduates-for the class of 2012, 56.9 percent of undergraduate degrees, and 59.6 percent of master's degrees, and 51.1 of all doctoral degrees, according to the Department of Education. This step in the right direction has shrunk the pay gap by nearly seven percent.
4. Mommy goes to work- According to a study by sociologists Shelley Correll, Stephan Benard, and In Paik. Working mothers were recommended less for hire, and when they were, for lower starting salaries than childless women, while employers perceived fathers more positively than their childless counterparts.
5. Working Conditions- Men are more likely than women to work a risky job like construction, iron and steel work, truck driving, industrial machine repair-all listed in the top ten most dangerous jobs by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Doing the job that's viewed as unwanted by many can help boost a paycheck.
6. Negotiation- Women are much less likely than men to negotiate their salaries-eight times less likely, to be exact. And women ask for promotions or raises 85-percent less than men do. Even when they do negotiate for themselves, women on average asked for $7,000 less than men, according to a study by the University of Texas.
Source: Yahoo Shine
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