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Parsing the Gender Pay Gap

By The Wall Street Journal

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  • Interesting that the WSJ editorial board dismisses sexism so quickly, yet my interpretation of the same trends only emphasized the role of sexism (and standard gender norms, across the board) in explaining the difference between pay.

    What this piece chooses to neglect is the percentage of women vs men that are primarily responsible for childcare. As we live in a country where women are still the significant majority of primary caregivers, it seems obvious that women would be unable to pick up extra shifts/hours in order to make more money.

  • This is fascinating. And undoubtedly it provides evidence for one factor in the gender pay gap. But to my mind a greater factor than choices is the issue that what we think of as meritocracy is in fact flawed. Firstly, as the measures of merit have been, and are still, largely defined by men and are subject to role congruence bias. Secondly, because our systems of measuring merit fall prey to the human incapacity for objectivity. And thirdly, because the opportunities to gain merit are stacked in

    This is fascinating. And undoubtedly it provides evidence for one factor in the gender pay gap. But to my mind a greater factor than choices is the issue that what we think of as meritocracy is in fact flawed. Firstly, as the measures of merit have been, and are still, largely defined by men and are subject to role congruence bias. Secondly, because our systems of measuring merit fall prey to the human incapacity for objectivity. And thirdly, because the opportunities to gain merit are stacked in favour of men. Reworking meritocracy could significantly reduce the pay gap.

  • Equal pay for equal work - regardless of gender, race, creed or socio-economic status -needs to accelerate in the next decade. Kudos to WSJ for highlighting this important topic which still remains unresolved.

  • In Unilever, women earn 9% more than men, with 70% of their manufacturing roles being assigned to men.

    #HR #equalpay #equality #gender

  • Discrimination is unacceptable. Differentiations based on individual choices are proper.

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