“One of the worst career moves a woman can make is to have children,” Claire Cain Miller writes in the New York Times. New research finds that having a child is good for a man’s career since men—and especially high-income men—are more likely to be paid more after they have children
Citing parenthood pay gap research by Michelle Budig, a sociology professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Miller writes, “Mothers are less likely to be hired for jobs, to be perceived as competent at work or to be paid as much as their male colleagues with the same qualifications.” Low-income women with children are penalized the most for parenthood.
Budig tells Miller that while men with children are commonly seen as being stable and committed, the stereotype remains that mothers “work less and they’re more distractible when on the job.”
However, women who reach the top 10% of earners are seen “as more similar to men,” Miller writes, and do not lose income when they have children.
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