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  • Hiring managers are sexist

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  • Women are more likely to seek jobs in fields that don't pay as well

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  • Women work fewer hours on average

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  • Women are more likely to trade a higher salary for more flexible work terms

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  • Women have fewer years of continuous work experience on average

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    Why are women paid less than men on average?

    My roommate and I were arguing about this today. He claims that the women are paid less than men due to sexism in business. I maintain that the pay disparity is almost entirely explicable by economic differences.

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    Re: Why are women paid less than men on average?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    My roommate and I were arguing about this today. He claims that the women are paid less than men due to sexism in business. I maintain that the pay disparity is almost entirely explicable by economic differences.

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    What do you mean by economic differences?
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    Re: Why are women paid less than men on average?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    My roommate and I were arguing about this today. He claims that the women are paid less than men due to sexism in business. I maintain that the pay disparity is almost entirely explicable by economic differences.

    What do you think?
    Women, in general, choose lower paying but more long term secure jobs.

    They choose jobs with less risk in regard to wages.
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    Re: Why are women paid less than men on average?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    What do you mean by economic differences?
    For example, men are more likely to major in engineering and women are more likely to major in English. One pays better than the other.
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    Re: Why are women paid less than men on average?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Women, in general, choose lower paying but more long term secure jobs.

    They choose jobs with less risk in regard to wages.
    That would explain some of the discrepancies, but certainly not all.

    Jobs that are the same - jobs that have the same requirements including experience and education - there are at times, differences in pay between men and women. Women often times making less money for the same work that requires the same requirements as their male counterparts.

    For those discrepancies, I have no idea why this is.

    I have experienced it first hand and needless to say, left that employer and found and acquired more gainful and equal employment.
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    Re: Why are women paid less than men on average?

    From what I read 2-3 weeks ago they arent anymore. I'll try to find the article. Who knows if its accurate or not.
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    Re: Why are women paid less than men on average?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    That would explain some of the discrepancies, but certainly not all.

    Jobs that are the same - jobs that have the same requirements including experience and education - there are at times, differences in pay between men and women. Women often times making less money for the same work that requires the same requirements as their male counterparts.

    For those discrepancies, I have no idea why this is.
    You also have to look what the sexes do when involved in similar jobs.
    It's all the wiring in the brain.

    I'll say these are generalities but they fit pretty well.

    When a woman and man work in the same place and in the same job, men tend to be more aggressive in the pursuit of climbing the ladder, while women tend to be content.

    Notice to all, these are generalities!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    I have experienced it first hand and needless to say, left that employer and found and acquired more gainful and equal employment.
    I do agree that some amount of sexism exists, just not to the extent that everyone says it does.
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    Re: Why are women paid less than men on average?

    If all other things are equal, and a woman is paid less, that's sexism in action.
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    Re: Why are women paid less than men on average?

    All of the above are factors.
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    Re: Why are women paid less than men on average?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    You also have to look what the sexes do when involved in similar jobs.
    It's all the wiring in the brain.

    I'll say these are generalities but they fit pretty well.

    When a woman and man work in the same place and in the same job, men tend to be more aggressive in the pursuit of climbing the ladder, while women tend to be content.

    Notice to all, these are generalities!
    I don't want to hear how your grandma, worked her way up to CEO, blah blah blah.



    I do agree that some amount of sexism exists, just not to the extent that everyone says it does.
    Maybe, but all I am stating is - that is not always the case.

    I was in a position with a financial company and actually trained the incoming male counterpart. I found out later, he was paid MORE than I was and when I asked the VP why that was - I was told, "He has a family to support, whereas you do not."

    At the time I was married and therefore was seen as not "having" to work. So apparently the job I did for the company and the fact that I had more seniority, more experience AND more of an education - I was paid less.

    I left this company without notice or warning.

    It doesn't happen ALL the time - and sometimes sexism IS in fact, alive and well.

    That's all I am saying.
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