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The Wage Gender Gap at America's Top Colleges

The Wage Gender Gap at America's Top Colleges

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  • Super interesting data. We need more insight into why this discrepancy exists and more ideas on how we can arm young women with the confidence to pursue the highest wage jobs and the skills to negotiate the same salaries as their male classmates.

  • My take away from this is the that the schools with the highest disparity included many of the Ivy League institutions. It instantly reminded me of the stereotypical "good ol boys" that love to chum up with alumni from their same school and bond over the common experiences. It made me think that there

    My take away from this is the that the schools with the highest disparity included many of the Ivy League institutions. It instantly reminded me of the stereotypical "good ol boys" that love to chum up with alumni from their same school and bond over the common experiences. It made me think that there is more opportunity and generosity shown to candidates who have something in common, and perhaps we will only see the wage gap close as we see the gap in male and female managers, CEO's and business owners close.

  • First time seeing such a study. It’s mind-boggling to see the significant pay disparity right out of college. Love to see validations from the top schools to understand what contributes to Yale having close to pay parity while other schools even top ones are struggling.

  • So, it sounds like the gender gap is an issue out the gate for women. That coupled with facing setbacks to have children, it's no wonder the number of female executives remain staggeringly low.

    The data nerd in me questions the fields of study mix in this analysis. I wonder if the results are at all

    So, it sounds like the gender gap is an issue out the gate for women. That coupled with facing setbacks to have children, it's no wonder the number of female executives remain staggeringly low.

    The data nerd in me questions the fields of study mix in this analysis. I wonder if the results are at all skewed by a disproportionate number of women simply going into lower paying careers.

  • These studies are never perfect but they're always interesting.

  • Studies like this are always interesting and it is important to shed light on this important issue but it is difficult to encourage any real changes based off of a study like this. In all of the data, the type of degrees were not addressed; degree type can have a major impact on earning potential. For

    Studies like this are always interesting and it is important to shed light on this important issue but it is difficult to encourage any real changes based off of a study like this. In all of the data, the type of degrees were not addressed; degree type can have a major impact on earning potential. For example, in most universities, STEM courses are usually male dominated while education majors are more often females. While I personally feel that educators should be paid as much as engineers, the sad truth is that they are not and not taking into account the majors and jobs the people in this study hold can skew the data. For further studies, I’d like to see how much graduates of each gender from the same major are getting paid. Compare female engineers to male engineers and female teachers to male teachers to see the true gender pay gap.

  • Interesting data points about how the wage gap can start very early. At Harvard, in spite of campus recruiting initiatives, it is typical that your first job out of college comes from your personal network — family connections, sports, and social clubs (or at Harvard what is called Finals Clubs) play

    Interesting data points about how the wage gap can start very early. At Harvard, in spite of campus recruiting initiatives, it is typical that your first job out of college comes from your personal network — family connections, sports, and social clubs (or at Harvard what is called Finals Clubs) play a significant role.

    Because they were more actively involved in recruiting and discussing career options, these primarily all male groups organically yield better access to job opportunities. Furthermore, men were more supportive of each other in connecting and pursuing those opportunities.

    Closing this gap requires a significant and deliberate effort on the part of employers and campus social organizations to actively seek out diverse candidates. It also requires a cultural shift amongst men and women alike to have open conversations and to support each other in navigating the job market directly out of school.

  • The point is; not depending on the course of study, everyone is entitled to earn what favors he or she. The main reason why there are differences in this wage is to balance the economy. A situation where females and males are earning the same amount of wages will completely ruin the economy. However

    The point is; not depending on the course of study, everyone is entitled to earn what favors he or she. The main reason why there are differences in this wage is to balance the economy. A situation where females and males are earning the same amount of wages will completely ruin the economy. However, you can't vouch for every city in the US. that the males earn higher than the females but it's an awesome data still.

  • Reactions to this story have been frustratingly focused on methodology, particularly “matching” to make sure that the men and women are being compared apples-to-apples. But that women earn one type of degree and men another is precisely the point - we aren’t trying to control for that effect because

    Reactions to this story have been frustratingly focused on methodology, particularly “matching” to make sure that the men and women are being compared apples-to-apples. But that women earn one type of degree and men another is precisely the point - we aren’t trying to control for that effect because that IS the effect.

    A priori, men and women should end up with the sam Le wage because they should get the same degree. The only reason this deviates is because of bias.

  • While it is unfortunate that this gap exists. We need much better studies than this very broad and quite honestly a study that you can’t make informed judgements on. These studies need to go much greater in depth to be male vs. female in the same exact job with the same exact job experience and the same

    While it is unfortunate that this gap exists. We need much better studies than this very broad and quite honestly a study that you can’t make informed judgements on. These studies need to go much greater in depth to be male vs. female in the same exact job with the same exact job experience and the same exact degree. These studies do no good when they encompass every type of degree from over 100 schools. Ask yourself, should a doctor make the same, more, or less than a teacher? Should a doctor with 20 years experience get paid the same, more, or less than a doctor fresh out of med school in the same exact position/title? Every detail of education, experience, and position matter in this issue.

  • Honestly, shouldn't some of the onerous be on the side of the College/University for not preparing women how to negotiate their salaries and also letting women know that going into certain fields of study will automatically make them more money? It's supply and demand...

  • interesting data with thoughtful comments. this type of report is best for generating more questions than answers. I wonder if the ones with women leading are comparing similar categories of careers?