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
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.
- The situation isn’t much better in other areas of high-level management: Despite big gains, women only make up slightly more than 10 percent of big company chief financial officers. And more than one-third of public companies had zero women senior officers, according to a recent survey from Catalyst, an organization aimed at expanding business opportunities for women.
- 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.