Is the Gender Wage Gap a Reflection of the Manager Divide? Studies Say Yes

According to a recent study on gender equity conducted by Visier, despite the small 8 percent improvement in the wage gap over the last 20 years, research is bringing us that much closer to understanding how to end it for good.

While the solution may seem simple (i.e. pay females the same amount as their male coworkers in the same positions), the problem has much deeper societal roots.

"The gender wage gap cannot simply be explained as 'unequal pay for equal work,'" the study begins, "Rather, studies have proven gender pay inequity to be a systemic challenge where women as a whole earn less than men on average, and do so across education levels and occupations."

But, Visier may have just uncovered part of the solution — a discovery it calls the "Manager Divide" that links "an underrepresentation of women in manager positions... to enlarged gender wage gap."

This divide shows a dip in the number of working women between the ages of 25 and 40, and a wider gap beginning at age 32. This age range — typically when women have children — causes women to earn 82-90 percent of what men do by the time they are 40 years old. This gap increases between ages 32 and 40 and, not coincidentally, reflects the fact that from age 32 onward, females are highly underrepresented in companies' managerial positions.

Their conclusion? Equal representation between men and women in manager positions "would reduce the gender wage gap to 10 percent across all age groups."

To learn more, download the full report here.

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