The wage gap between men and women is a well-documented fact. But new research shows this gap is attributed in part to the way women are perceived in the workplace. This study showed that when managers knew they could blame the company’s financial position for their pay decisions, they were more likely to give women smaller raises than men. It was said that women may be more readily appeased by this excuse than men. Findings from an experiment of 184 male and female managers with an average of 13.5 years of experience gave 71% of the money available for raises to men and only allocated 29% of the money for women. Some of this disparity was blamed on the differences in men’s and women’s willingness or skill in negotiating pay. But if you are giving 71% of the money to men, why would they need to negotiate?
It also showed that managers who gave women explanations or excuses for smaller raises felt they were treating women fairly because they could explain the differences. When managers could not explain their decisions, they gave equal raises to men and women. It is amazing how little we have progressed in the last 100 years. How much longer are we going to allow ourselves to be discriminated against? Why are we doing the same jobs with less pay? Why are we settling for less?