I read an interesting article the other day, I’ll have to fnd the link for it later. In the article, it stated that the discrepancy between mens wages and womens wages was closing. They were saying that the real difference in wages between men and women was because women were not as well trained as men and were taking general labor jobs. Now with more women getting degrees, the wage gap is supposedly closing.
When I was a web developer in Branson, I think I made as much as the one male coworker I had, though I know full well I didn’t make as much as my supervisor. Then again, my supervisor had a graphic arts degree, was a damn good web designer, and could do more with Macromedia Flash and Adobe Photoshop than I can even now. When I left there, I was a better web developer than anyone in the office other than him (my supervisor), but I still made the same as everyone else even though I was my supervisor’s back-up.
Fast forward to today. Where I work, there’s a definite good ole boy attitude. If you’re a guy, you have a family to support, so you need to make more than the women. I’ve seen it several times in departments associated with mine. It has nothing to do with a degree, it has everything to do with your gender.
So, where are these cases where women are closing the salary gap? In the bigger cities? I know that just because I don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not happening. But I’m trying to figure out where the real world verification is for this article.