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Gender Pay Gap: Expanding on Educational and Maternal Cost

Submitted by drosen on Wed, 04/11/2018 - 20:33

While women are more likely to graduate college on average, they have a higher concentration in majors such as humanities or education, and when compared to their male dominated counterparts such as computer science or engineering there is a clear variance in pay scale. This concept, known as the “between occupation” wage gap, is thought to be multifactorial, involving cultural barriers that inadvertently coerce women away from male-dominated fields.  Furthermore, there is evidence which suggests that maternal care and stereotypical gender roles at home have unintentional consequences regarding pay. Dueto the social stigma and innate desire to raise young, women typically work fewer hours or are only able to work part-time, which can affect merit based promotions or company favor. Additionally women, on average, have less experience due to career interruptions secondary to social events such as having children.