LOS ANGELES, CA - We all know about the wage gap between men and women. For full-time, year-round workers, women are paid on average only 77% of what men are paid. But according to a new study, the gap starts early. No, not at 14 when you get your first summer job- more like at just 8 years old with how much allowance you get from your parents.
The report states that boys are given 12% more pocket cash than girls. No, it’s not because your parents love your brother more than you. The report suggests that it may be because boys are “pushier” than girls. Experts say there is a similar pattern of behavior- with similar results- in the workplace.
A study by the Association of Accounting Technicians says that working women are being paid less partly because they are less keen to pursue and negotiate a better salary with their existing employer. Last year 26% of men working in finance had asked for a pay raise while only 18% of women asked for a better salary.
So the moral of the story is, if you want your daughter to grow up knowing that she deserves to earn just as much as a man, make sure she’s getting paid just as much as her brother to take out the trash. Come on mom and dad! Pony up!
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