Gender wage gap

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Gender wage gap
Fri, 05-10-2013 - 2:34pm

Is the gender wage gap a myth where you work?  More importantly, how would women know?   Are salaries published where you work?  Are salaries discussed?  Or is there a culture which accepts salaries are not to be discussed publicly at the office for fear of exposing one's importance?

Despite the economy and the idea that progress is inevitable, last year the gender wage gap widened for the first time since the recovery.  Also, women who are mothers are recommended for lower starting salaries than women who are not mothers.

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 05-10-2013 - 2:49pm

Is the gender wage gap a myth where you work?  Not sure as no one really talks about salaries. There are more woman directors now than there used to be but since we went private, salaries are not published for the high earners.

Are salaries published where you work? They used to be but since we are private now, they are not.

Are salaries discussed?  Nope, never. I do know that I am making about the same as a coworker who has been here A LOT less time than I have as she accidentally left her salary sheet at the printer in wide view for everyone to see (not on purpose and I immediately turned it over so everyone else wouldn't see it). My boss has been fighting for a longevity compension raise for me for about 2 years but to tell you the truth, I am happy I have a job and can't sit all day long getting mad over it. When it is meant to be, it will happy.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Fri, 05-10-2013 - 4:13pm

  I do not work in an office but in a shop.

  Salaries are not discussed.  

  There is really no way of there being a salary gap between the sexes because there are no instances of males/females doing the same job with same criteria,  same length of employment etc. 

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Fri, 05-10-2013 - 10:23pm

Yes, Gender wage gap is a myth, there are too many other variables.  I know certified teacher subs are paid more than subs that are not certified.  School teacher salaries themselves are public record so it's not some big dark secret out there.  Talking salary, general is faux pas, Lol. 



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Registered: 01-08-2009
Fri, 05-10-2013 - 10:48pm
Gender wage gap is not a myth in my professional by any means. Salaries are public information and the newspaper and several websites publish ours annually. We don't discuss specific salaries, but everyone knows where the biggest inequities are, and we do talk about ways of addressing them.
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Registered: 02-24-2010
Mon, 05-13-2013 - 1:18pm

I believe there is probably a gender gap.  There would not be one for a public school teacher salary because those type of jobs have unions that have a salary schedule set for your position and increases every year with time on the job and adding degrees to their education.  Other jobs with unions could still have a gender gap, even with set salaries, because if men are being put in the higher responsiblity job, managers etc over women at a higher rate, then that's the wage gap.

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Registered: 03-21-2001
Thu, 05-30-2013 - 9:04pm
It used to be a myth. But now I know that the man that does my same job is making $42k more than me. Soo...not so much.