- The Hard Numbers Behind Scholarly Publishing’s Gender Gap | The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Women cluster in certain fields, according to a study of millions of journal articles, while men get more credit.”
- The Inescapable Gender Wage Gap | The Nation: “We earn less than men no matter what we “choose” to do.”
- What Male And Female Scientists Say About Women In Science | BuzzFeed: “Women are underrepresented in science in general, but the gender gap is bigger in some fields than others: physics, for instance, has a much lower percentage of women than biology. Researchers decided to ask scientists themselves why they thought this was — and male and female scientists turned out to have pretty different ideas.” (link to full study: Gender Segregation in Elite Academic Science)
- It Stands to Reason, Skeptics Can Be Sexist Too | Slate Magazine: I spoke out about sexual harassment among atheists and scientists. Then came the rape threats.
- [Warning: anti-feminist] Programming Languages: In layman’s terms, what are the major programming languages, and what are they used for? | Quora: Programming languages described as women/romances. At least the comments pretty much universally call out the sexism.
- Warning over lack of female engineers: “Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and advanced manufacturing, has urged industrialists to close the gender gap by getting more women into industry.”
- I’m bored of hearing about your wife | the border house: “Almost every time I go to a tech- or gaming-related conference, I hear middle-aged white men in suits talk about their wives and children. This would be lovely and rather sweet, were it not for the fact that they all seem to be married to the same woman, and they all seem to be raising the same children.”
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This won’t be news to anyone who’s read Women Don’t Ask, but it’s worth revisiting. There’s this thread going on Reddit entitled I work for a large multinational tech company, I regularly hire woman for 65% to 75% of what males make. I am sick of it, here is why it happens, and how you can avoid it.
Here’s a quote:
Our process, despite the pay gap, is identical for men and women. We start with phone interviews, and move into a personal and technical interview. Once a candidate passes both of those, we start salary negotiations. This is where the women seem to come in last.
The reason they don’t keep up, from where I sit, is simple. Often, a woman will enter the salary negotiation phase and I’ll tell them a number will be sent to them in a couple days. Usually we start around $45k for an entry level position. 50% to 60% of the women I interview simply take this offer. It’s insane, I already know I can get authorization for more if you simply refuse. Inversely, almost 90% of the men I interview immediately ask for more upon getting the offer.
The next major mistake happens with how they ask for more.
Read the rest here.
NOTE: I do not work for a large multinational company. I am quoting someone else who does. (People often seem to get confused when I quote people who are talking in the first person, so this is a reminder before you comment — if you want to talk to the original poster, go to Reddit rather than posting here.)
I found this quite interesting:
A new, not-yet-published study that tracked 12 years of wage data in Denmark finds that when male CEOs had daughters, their female employees’ wages went up 1.3 percent while their male employees only gained .8 percent raises. So the birth of a daughter effectively shrunk the male-female wage gap by .5 percent on average.
If the daughter was a first child, the gap closed by a whopping 2.8%!
The rest of the article: After CEOs have daughters, women employees’ wages go up
Now I’m awfully curious about whether this holds specifically for the tech industry, and what the birth rates for CEOs are… but it sounds like it’s sufficiently difficult to get data that we may never see that study.