NYTimes Article: Why Is Her Paycheck Smaller?

Rikki Endsley

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Mar 02, 2009 GMT
Rikki Kite

The New York Times recently ran an article by Hannah Fairfield called "Why Is Her Paycheck Smaller?" Although one theory is that women choose lower-paying jobs, I'd argue that another problem is that women aren't as aggressive about salary negotiations, a point I discussed in my recent talk at SCALE 7x.

Check out the interactive wage gap graphic for more details about salary differences between occupations.


  • Agreement

    I've long believed that the only way to get myself a better wage, was to really believed I deserved that higher wage. The view from the employer was that the higher wage demand made you a better quality employee.

    And this kind of salary negotiation problem isn't just evident in women's salaries either. Any community of people who lack self confidence should show lower salaries. The young, the un-university-educated, the elderly, blacks, anyone who doesn't speak English as a first language, the poor.
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