Equal Pay Day Poll: Nearly Half of Men Believe the Pay Gap Is ‘Made Up’

It [is] hard to argue for remedies to a problem when there’s still a debate about whether that problem exists. 

…[Research] shows that when women enter a field in large numbers, wages tend to go down, and that men are paid higher salaries even in fields that women tend to dominate, such as nursing.

…Asked what they saw as major reasons for the pay gap. …Women were more likely to cite unconscious bias and sexism, while men were more likely to say it was because women work fewer hours than men and are “generally in careers that don’t pay as much.”

When asked what they thought of the fact that women were paid less than men for similar types of work, 71% of women characterized it as “very unfair,” compared to 48% of men. While a majority of women (62%) said that there are still significant obstacles that make it harder for women to get ahead, a majority of men (58%) said that obstacles that may have made it harder for women to get ahead in past are now “largely gone.”

…Another culprit that researchers have pointed to is the “expectation gap.” …What she found is that women tended to ask for less money than similarly qualified male peers. “Women expect less and therefore get less,” she says.

…When asked about the sizable chunk of the population who thinks that equal pay is a non-issue, Patel suggests that it may come from a lack of first-hand experience.

“If you’re not living it,” he says, “maybe you’re blissfully unaware.”

Equal Pay Day Poll: Nearly Half of Men Believe the Pay Gap Is ‘Made Up’ | Time

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