What’s your opinion? Women in 2012 are more likely to have undergraduate and graduate degrees than their male counterparts, yet workplace inequality persists. Catalyst, a non-profit whose goal is to increase job opportunities for women, believes the disparity begins when men and women graduate from business school. Not only are women placed in lower positions, but on average they’re paid almost $5,000 less in their first jobs than men. So by mid-career, they’re still making $32,000 less than men.
But Carrie Lukas, managing director of the Independent Women’s Forum, takes a contrary stance. She says the wage gap is a myth because men and women largely hold different kinds of jobs.“American women aren’t the victims of a sexist economy,” she wrote in a Forbes essay. “Feminists may charge that women are socialized into lower-paying sectors of the economy. But women considering the decisions they’ve made likely have a different view. Women tend to seek jobs with regular hours, more comfortable conditions, little travel, and greater personal fulfillment. Often times, women are willing to trade higher pay for jobs with other characteristics that they find attractive.”
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