Scientist women are earning less than scientist menPosted: November 3, 2011
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According to a study from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, women working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are earning lower wages compared to men.
In the U.S. Economy, there is an even balance between genders regarding active working activities. However in STEM jobs, women are at a disadvantage of 25% compared to man.
Statistics regarding the earnings gap between genders in different fields of science are significant. In engineering, females are earning 7% lesser than man, per working hour. In physical and life sciences, which is the field where there are more scientist women, there is a gender wages gap of 8%. In STEM managers a 9% gap was observed and in computer and math the gap reached 12%.
Potential causes for those figures were that less women than men are taking scientific degrees and those who are taking scientific degrees usually work in education and healthcare instead of working in a scientific job. Also, there is a lack of women role models in science and stereotyping on women roles.
Results from this report show that there is an imbalance regarding women in science and there is a need for research to be done in order to change that and give women equal opportunities in science education and employment.