April 20, 2016
Gender wage gaps are still a big issue in tech and the business world at large, but things get much more complicated when we examine how the pay gaps persist in negotiation and other areas that could improve the situation.
A recent survey conducted by Hired showcased statistics highlighting the effects of the gender wage gap. The results showed that not only do tech companies pay women less for the same role as their male counterparts, but by a significant amount; the data shows a 3 percent difference between male and female workers in the same role. In addition, men receive a higher salary 69 percent of the time for the same roles.
Some have argued that this problem can be solved if women raised their expectations. But the solution requires a bit more nuance than that. As I’ve stated previously, it’s not the burden of the marginalized to reconstruct a system that is dependent on their complacency. Of course, women recognize that they get paid less for these roles and want to be paid more. But that action requires that those in power – mostly, men – to recognize this as well.
There are initiatives moving in place to bring awareness to the wage gap, but they aren’t enough. We need to include not just more dialogue, but more action behind these initiatives. We need to include men in the conversations of gender pay gaps to make them more mainstream-focused, especially as entrepreneurship and startups continue to grow in today’s economy.
The solutions, while not complicated, require more nuance and understanding if we are to succeed in ending the gender wage gap for good.
Image via Flickr / Sam Javanrouh
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