Why Are Women Such Wussies?

by Nicole on June 13, 2011

I’ve just read an interesting article about women and their refusal to negotiate when it comes to  salaries. Here are a few highlights from the Huff Post article:

  • A May study by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University polled nearly 600 young men and women that graduated from college between 2006 and 2010. The authors found that young men are not only out-earning young women, they’re doing so by an average of more than $5,000 per year. Male participants reported first year job earnings averaging $33,150, while young women earned about $28,000.
  • Another report released in May, this one by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, indicated that new female college graduates are earning 17 percent less than their male counterparts.
  • The National Partnership for Women & Families reports that, among full-time workers in the population as a whole, women still earn only 77 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make.
  • In past years, many scholars have blamed the overall gender wage gap on historic pay inequalities still affecting older women making less than their male peers. It was hoped that once those women exited the workforce, the gap might narrow. But last month’s findings show that not to be the case.

What’s wrong here? Why are women such wussies when it comes to negotiation for equal pay? Shyness? Low self-esteem?

According to the article, one major reason is that women are choosing the wrong majors.

“For women, in only three of the 171 majors — physiology, information science and visual and performing arts — did they out-earn their male counterparts,” says Carnevale. And though women attend college in greater numbers than men and subsequently out-graduate them, the highest earning majors are dominated by men.

Yes, for a long time now, ladies, we all know that a degree in art history will DO YOU NO GOOD. However, its still one of the most popular areas of study for women. Why? Are we really so naive to believe that we will be happier doing what we think we will love even at the expense of our livelihood and even, our pride?

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