‘Mad Men’ Style Sexism Alive and Well in the Workplace

Leslie Carol Botha:   Jillian Berman has written an excellent article documenting the sexism that still exist in the workplace. Women are harassed more and earn less. Sigh.

11 Ways The American Workplace Is Still Really, Really Sexist

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by Jillian Berman
February 20, 2013sex talk

We no longer live in the ‘Mad Men’ era, but the modern workplace is certainly still responsible for some Mad Men-style sexism.

That’s true in a variety of ways: Women often earn less, have more trouble obtaining high-level positions and face greater harassment threats in the office. That’s not all:

  • Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer is an exception to the rule. Women make up only 21 of the S&P 500’s CEOs — that’s just 4 percent.
  • Women get paid 77 cents on the dollar for every dollar a man makes, according to a recent study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. That’s a difference of more than $10,000 per year on average.
  • That wage gap starts early in a woman’s career. Among recent college graduates, women make 82 percent of what men make, according to a report from the IWPR. In their first year of work after graduating college, men make $7,600 more than women on average, according to a fact sheet from Congress’ joint economic committee.
  • The trend continues even as women rise up the corporate ladder. Female workers made up just 6.2 percent of the top earning positions in 2010, according to a report from Catalyst.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.