Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | June 23, 2009

The ways we discriminate

For folks suffering under the delusion that we live in a completely egalitarian meritocracy, Business Week has an article about the motherhood penalty to disabuse them of that fantasy (as if marriage inequality, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, inequalities in incarceration rates, and much more weren’t enough). Key quote:

While study after study focuses on the gender gap in wages, the pay gap between mothers and childless women is actually bigger than the pay gap between women and men, according to sociologist Shelley Correll, Stephen Benard, and In Paik. …

Using fake resumes for two equally qualified candidates–one childless, one a mom—the researchers found that the mother was 100% less likely to be hired when she applied for a position. Mothers were consistently ranked as less competent and less committed than non-moms. “They were also offered $11,000 a year less pay, on average, than an equally qualified childless candidate.”

There’s no such gap between fathers and childless men.

Advertisements

Responses

  1. A cool post right there mate ! Cheers for it !


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: