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.