U.S. study found that women seek wage increases, eventually earn less than women who do not ask or request for a pay rise.
If it is not enough that women earn less than men generally, it is now apparent that even when they ask for a pay rise, they ultimately earn less than women who did not request raises in salary.
In a paper published in the "Washington Post" newspaper written by Nancy Carter and Christine Silva from promoting women in business Catalyst USA, they noted a new study followed the development of the careers of thousands of MBA graduates from world'sleading universities, which found that despite the amount of requests for increases in salary of men and women was the same, the results were quite different. Women that asked for a pay raise or change their job after completing their studies recorded a slower increase in salary than the women who remained in their initial jobs.
In contrast, for men, those who change a job or asked for salary increases, enjoyed a sharper improvement in their wages relative to men who remained in their initial position. Another study showed that salary differentials between men and women were widened as they advanced in the professional ladder.
Carter andSilva noted that the findings contradict the conventional belief in the media, that the reason women are denied salary increases equal to those of men is that they tend to ask fewer raises. Researchers have hypothesized that the reason women's requests for salary increases are answered less than those of men lies in italics, and not oriented gender stereotypes, similar to the phenomenon of salesmen or traders suggesting a higher starting price when the customer is a woman.
Carter and Silva agreed that the findings support the assumption that one can not explain the gender gap in wages only on the basis of preferences or behavior of women themselves, and that companies and businesses need to identify the causes of discrimination, and correct them.
Research published last year by economist Linda Babcock of Carnegie Mellon University in the United States, found that the odds that men will ask for a pay raise in the workplace is four times higher than the odd of women.