Do You Believe There is a Wage Gap? Part 1

HR, Leadership

Originally posted on August 16, 2012.

There’s a Belief Gap about the Wage Gap, Part 1

medium_5657162521Well, I’ve written about this before and received quite a lot of feedback. You guessed it, the wage gap between men, women and now it seems there’s an ever widening “belief gap” regarding the wage gap. And while there are lots of news outlets that would have you believe that it’s just cavemen dwellers who don’t believe in a wage gap (despite countless studies that prove it exists), it’s not. There are many economists, conservatives, liberals, recruiters in our own profession, and women, who believe:

1) that a wage gap does not exist at all,

2) that if a wage gap does exist, it exists because of choices women make,

3) if a wage gap exists that it is not our problem nor do we have to take any responsibility for it.

So in the interest of further public education among the readers of this site (presumably folks involved in talent acquisition and potentially at least SOME women) let’s talk about this. One of the reasons this is once again, coming to the forefront, is because Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, recently chose Paul Ryan as his running mate. Ryan, among other things, voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay act, a law that makes it easier for women to challenge unequal pay. Read more…