80 Percent Of Men Say Being A Woman Wouldn't Hurt Their Pay

Group of business people at presentation in office building
Group of business people at presentation in office building

While men and women both agree that sexism exists in the workplace, both sexes appear to be in denial about how that discrimination affects their pay, according to the results of a new poll.

When men were asked in a recent survey whether they believed they would be paid less if they were female, 80 percent said no. The poll conducted by Elle and the Center for American Progress also asked women if they thought they'd see a higher salary if they were male: 70 percent said no.

When the Elle survey asked why there weren't more women in top spots in business, the numbers looked different. Fifty-five percent of women and 33 percent of men blamed workplace discrimination.

A big gender wage gap does exist in the United States and likely applies to many of us. The median earnings of women is lower than men in nearly every occupation, according to the chart below by the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Women in the top 20 most common professions earned 80.9 percent of what men earned in those same positions.


Some have explained America's persistent gender gap as a result of women being more likely to seek part-time jobs, work in jobs that pay less and take longer breaks from work (due to maternity leave and childcare needs), according to Bloomberg View.

Yet still today, 97 percent of full-time female workers are employed in positions that pay men more on average, according to the Center For American Progress. And while pointing to factors like job selection and work experience can account for 60 percent of the gender gap in wages, a large chunk of about 40 percent still cannot be explained by any statistic, according to the Center for American Progress.



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