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Why Men Still Make More Money

Why Men Still Make More Money

Nealeigh Mitchell | Excelle

Let’s face it ladies. The fight’s not fair in the business world. We may be picking away at the salary gap but we still only earn 77 cents to every man’s dollar, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And despite filling more seats at business school, fewer than 3 percent of Fortune 1000 CEOs are women.

So how does bias run rampant in the boardroom? Long story short, men and women are judged, rewarded, and even punished differently for doing the same job.

Unjustified and unfair? Yes. But the harsh reality remains. The only way to climb the corporate ladder is to recognize how men control the power and alter your behavior accordingly. You’ve got to play the game to get to the top.

Here are a few common stereotypes, misperceptions and actions that encourage or maintain gender inequity.

Men are assertive. Women are aggressive.

It’s a hustle to the top, and the male-female power struggle usually leaves women with the short end of the sword. Males are raised to be cocky and competitive but if a woman dares adopt this “go-getter” attitude, she risks being branded as domineering and difficult. Macho men have a vested interest in keeping women reserved and compliant so they’re quick to call out a bold, budding female executive. There’s a fine line between scrappiness and combativeness — one that men rarely have to walk.

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    guoguo

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    Burgoscolon

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Very Informative

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    KimHuffy

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I would agree with the article. They are not asking us to be men but to think like men. Unfortunately it is a major part of our corporate culture and it ruins deep.

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    phenomgirl

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    I'm going to go ahead and agree with the women on here who have said that women make less money than men because of the failings of our political system. Equality is a motto we fail at following for almost all existing minority groups- sad that women count as a minority group and are 50+% of this population. This article is offensive to me because it does not address the fact that IT ISN'T THE VICTIM'S FAULT- the corporations (like Wal-mart) who institutionalize sexist policies and are allowed to do so with no repercussions are the problem, NOT the hard-working women of the American workforce.

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    phenomgirl

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    I'm going to go ahead and agree with the women on here who have said that women make less money than men because of the failings of our political system. Equality is a motto we fail at following for almost all existing minority groups- sad that women count as a minority group and are 50+% of this population. This article is offensive to me because it does not address the fact that IT ISN'T THE VICTIM'S FAULT- the corporations (like Wal-mart) who institutionalize sexist policies and are allowed to do so with no repercussions are the problem, NOT the hard-working women of the American workforce.

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    dbpiersant

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I agree with the other women commenting here. Why don't you advise us to make sure we bellow with deep voiced laughter and wear massive shoulder pads to downplay the fact we have breasts? I mean, really take us back 25 years! As long as we continue to accept that we have to be men in order to succeed, we will continue to make less and be passed over for promotions.

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    pinkfluff

    over 3 years ago

    10 comments

    The real reason men still make more money is because Republicans in Congress refuse to enforce equal pay. There should not be a woman in the entire USA who votes for these people.

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    IshaB

    over 3 years ago

    6 comments

    Wow. I agree with all the wise womyn on here. Men are not anything to aspire to be. We are more in number and are in every way more efficient. Men are only in power because we can not separate religion from government. Once federal/government/ laws all become equal then and only then can all the people on this planet coexist as one. We are raped bullied and beaten because men are not only raised to think they must "protect" womyn but also must be stronger than us and never ever be a p u ssy. What is so bad about having a cunt? I did not find this helpful in anyway but actually hurtful to learn that altho I am from the generation that all the older generation continue to say we can make a difference, we actually can not. No matter how hard we all try to change this world the issue is the men and government but most of all religion. Keeping religions sexis, racist, jhomophobics ideology out of society will help tremendously to shape our government. Electing more women is the next step (not Sarah palin womyn but womyn whom know the strugles we face as a whole womyn who know the world needs help womyn whom can know it is not ok to judge womyn who know we are the ones that must lead this fight to victory). This article did nothing but say how we should be more like men. Men must be more like us not the other way around.

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    schrankers

    over 3 years ago

    6 comments

    I find the suggestion to AVOID taking extra assignments interesting, but you are definitely right! Turning something down does indeed show that you have your own priorities and vision, and that you are only willing to take on those assignments that are fulfilling for you. Saying no is very difficult, though!

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    kcfarron

    over 3 years ago

    6 comments

    I agree with lsnebula and songwriter, 100%. Please, Excelle, tell us something we don't know! Maybe instead of pointing out the way we are perceived, which we are already well aware of, you could write an article that teaches us how to leverage our unique characteristics to overcome these flaws. I really like the idea of a woman's business forum, but I'm about to unsubscribe from Excelle because every article I take the time to read either has incorrect or very subjective information, or it focuses on women's weaknesses instead of strengths (now there's a flaw that will really keep you at the bottom!). The way half these articles are written, I wouldn't be surprised if this site was published by a man.

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    lsnebula

    over 4 years ago

    12 comments

    I agree with Songwriter about not having to "adjust" to men. Let them "adjust" to us for a change! In my experience, many men don't want to learn how to communicate with women, and we suffer as a result. I have come across some stellar exceptions, but, unfortunately, they're never in a high enough position of power to make a noticeable difference.

    But, seriously, ladies! If you want men to start respecting women in the workplace, then raise your sons to do so. Many men have serious split personalities, being Dr. Jeckyll at home and Mr. Hyde at work, which is completely unacceptable. It's almost too late for our generation, so if we want future generations to enjoy better equality, we have to start with how we raise our sons, holding them accountable for their actions as long as we can.

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    songwriter

    over 4 years ago

    78 comments

    The tips I can somewhat appreciate, but exactly how does perpetuating stereotypes help the situation? Women should not have to "adjust" to a man's world.

    ...Even religious texts shows women in a negative light. This was done on purpose by men in power. I think the main reason why men make more money is because men are more easily corrupted. The highest paying positions (including CEOs of corporations) usually require a person to be okay with deceiving others, engaging in unethical activities, and "legally" stealing from so-called customers. Unfortunately, now women are trying to become like this too.

    ...Often many men get away with physically and sexually abusing women, so why wouldn't they be able to get away with almost anything in this messed up system? This is not an isolated social issue.

    In the case of gender equality, almost every aspect of society would have to change before there would be a significant change in the workplace.

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    bm_martinez21

    over 4 years ago

    8 comments

    Very interesting. I don't ask for enough.. and I should credit myself for more.

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    reneelkw

    over 4 years ago

    68 comments

    Men and women do not think alike and this is a good thing. Teams with men and women working together are more productive and solve problems faster (and with better solutions) than teams of one sex only. Women do NOT have to act like men but being aware of the differences and capitalizing on them in a positive and productive way will make you more successful. Check out the book "Winning in a Man's World" for advice on how to do this.

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