Posted by: jackiemains20 | March 26, 2015

Men and Women Journalists

I came across an article on buzzed discussing the differences between what men and women make in the field of Journalism. Throughout this class I have always seen facts and figures depicting the wage gap between men and women but these facts truly hit home. After the abrupt firing of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson a poll about wage differences of 900 men and women was taken. The story is that Abramson was fired because of her request for pay equity. At entry level jobs men and women were paid the same but then the statistics became negative. At midlevel jobs men made slightly more but still were around the same level. For senior non management the median number was that women made 78k while men made 93k. It does not get any better at senior management where women made only 83k and men made 100k.

entry level: women made 40k, men made 40k

mid level: women made 55k, men made 54k

senior non management: women made 78k, men made 93k

senior management: women made 83k, men made 100k

56% of women who were surveyed felt as though they were underpaid while only 48% of men did.This raises many questions for me. Why is it that women are not given pay equity at senior level jobs? Is this part of the reason women choose to opt out? What are the implications if women were given equal pay to men? In may articles we’ve read it has been discussed how women make up a large percentage at entry level jobs and men make up a large percentage at senior management jobs. If pay were equal would this gap close? A woman, Jill Abramson, wanted more and when she requested it she was fired. It’s astonishing to me that we still live in an age where pay equity does not exist. If the pay gap closed maybe more women would “lean in”. Doing the same amount of work but still not getting the pay you deserve is a deterrent from higher level jobs. What solutions are out there for women like Jill? Maybe it is standing up and demanding pay equity because women deserve the same pay as men.

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  1. I think women should stand up and demand equal pay. This happen at ODU where a few female math professors found out that their male colleagues were getting paid more than them. So, they demanded a raise in their salary and ODU did compensate them for their differences in pay. That is just one story where women stood up for their rights to pay equality and they were given their share. Though, I think if people were aware of the pay that people in the same position were being paid than more people would stand up for the rights for pay equality. It does not matter if you are a man or a woman both should get equal pay. If more women were in leadership positions I think the equity in pay would start to show up because people would realize that women leaders can be just as good as male leaders. Also, women would probably stay in leadership positions if they knew that they were getting paid equally to their male counterparts. In Jill’s case she should keep fighting the discrimination she faced and women in that company should do the same. The company should not be able to get away with firing people who are fighting for their equal rights.

  2. This is so incredulous to me that unequal pay still exists today. I think you are exactly right that women opt out because of unequal pay in higher positions. In my interview with a woman from a traditionally masculine field, my leader shared how she left a company she worked at to start her own company. She left largely because of unequal pay but also because of a workplace that is not welcoming to family life. I think there is a huge problem with workplaces that are not flexible with or supportive of working parents who are trying to balance family and career. I hope that the culture can change so business will be more accepting of working mothers. If not, unequal pay and these other problems will have to be addressed in law.

  3. I think the idea of not receiving equal pay is a very large contributor as to why women “opt out”, or rather are forced out. Ideally more women would stay in their profession and fight this outright injustice of doing the same work as a man while earning less income. I totally understand the mindset of a woman, however, who says “I am not getting what I deserve here. I quit.” But perhaps that is just what society is hoping that women will do and they are not making a statement at all.
    All of this does not necessarily mean that women would definitely remain in their positions if they were given more pay. It could be kind of insulting to assume that money is the only thing that matters to a working money. I believe that the lower pay is a contributing factor to why some women opt out, but I also think that many women really do just reach a point where being a wife and mother is what they feel that they need to do and that it may have nothing to do with salary.

  4. I disagree that unequal pay is causing women to opt-out. I think that lack of satisfaction is the reason why women leave their jobs. Personally, I know that I would never leave a job that made me happy and satisfied, no matter what the pay is. I may be naive, but feel that the majority of women have the same/similar perception about satisfaction and happiness like I do. In order to encourage women to stay in the workforce, I think it is necessary to provide work hour accommodations for mothers. The reason women are opting-out is because they are not able to find a balance between home responsibilities and work responsibilities due to the excessive amount of devotion that is required of employees in high level positions.

  5. I shared similar astonishment at the pay difference between male and female actors. In 2013, Angelina Jolie was the highest paid female actor and she made the same amount as the two lowest paid male actors in Hollywood (Forbes 2013). It is unbelievable that this huge difference can exist in our society. That is why when people suggest that the struggle for women’s equality is over, we can clearly prove with these statistics that it is not. I am sure that one of the reasons why women opt-out of their positions is because of their unequal pay. In our Hewlett (2007) reading, we see that women must pay for child care, and if their income is about the same amount as their child care then the work is just not worth it. I believe that if women were paid the equal amount as men they would not opt-out because they would be able to afford child care and they would feel valued in their positions. For women like Jill, speaking out about the way you were treated must be the only solution. The more these issues are brought to light, the less they can be ignored. Continuing to work and not giving up is important because then women can break down walls and push the limits of what it looks like to be a working woman or leader.

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