She's just asking for it
March 7, 2011 8:03 AM Subscribe
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American women at work,
by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ratio of women's to men's earnings, for all occupations, was 81.2 percent in 2010. Of course, it was also at this level in 2005 and 2006. Give it another 40 years or so to women to get paid what men do for working the same jobs. Though the trend is stagnant at the moment (see Chart 1 on page 3 of this 2009 PDF
) some are optimistic
about the progress
women have made.
Amidst calls that the wage gap is women's fault because they do not ask for more money, Carnegie Mellon's Linda Babcock
showed people videos of men and women asking for a raise, following the exact same script. While both got more money, 'people liked the man's style and said, "Yes, pay him more." But the woman? They found her too aggressive and demanding, and this can have real consequences for a woman's career. The trick, Babcock says, is to conform to a feminine stereotype: appear friendly, warm and concerned for others above yourself.' "I gotta say, that was very depressing!" she says with a laugh.