You Might Be Discriminating Against Women And Not Realize It

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Even in the same job, at the same level of experience, the same education, same race, same hours worked, etc. … women still earn less than men do.

By Maggie Koerth-Baker (Contributor, Boing Boing)

Let’s talk about the pay gap. Census data show shows that, in 2008, American women still earned .77 cents for every $1 earned by American men.

And, while some of this has to do with women working different jobs then men, working less hours, or spending less of their lives moving up the corporate ladder, numerous studies have shown that the disparity still exists even after you’ve controlled for all those factors, and more. Even in the same job, at the same level of experience, the same education, same race, same hours worked, etc. … women still earn less than men do.

There’s been lots of research aimed at explaining the gap, and it’s probably tied to more than one factor. But several studies have shown that unfair bias against women, whether intended or subconscious, is part of it.

Last week, researchers at Princeton published a study that showed bias against women in hiring practices within the sciences and hit on some particularly interesting aspects of subconscious discrimination.

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