Women at Work: Women’s Access to Power and the Gender Earnings Gap

Jason Cheng

Using a unique sample of 5,022 workers in 94 large German workplaces, the authors explore whether and how women’s access to higher level positions, firms’ human resources practices, and workers’ qualification levels are associated with gender differences in earnings. First, they find that having more women in management reduces the gender earnings gap for jobs with low qualifications, but not those with high qualifications. Second, they find that while men’s compensation is positively affected by having a male supervisor, women with a female supervisor do not receive such an advantage. Finally, they find that human resources practices and job-level qualifications moderate the association between gendered power and gender earnings inequalities. Integrating women into managerial and supervisory roles does not automatically reduce gender inequalities; its impacts are contingent on organizational context.

Untapped Reserves: Promoting Gender Balance in Oil and Gas

Representing roughly a fifth of employees in the oil and gas industry, women account for a significantly smaller share of the workforce than they do in almost any other sector. These women also work disproportionately in office jobs; they have a very limited presence both in technical roles, which are often considered prerequisites for career advancement, and in upper management. The upshot: oil and gas companies are failing to fully leverage a potentially sizable and critical pool of talent.

The rise and rise of women’s rugby

Radio New Zealand November 27, 2017 by Toni Bruce New Zealand women dominated the World Rugby Awards ceremony today, taking out the Team of the Year (Black Ferns), the Women’s Player of the Year (Portia Woodman) and the Women’s Sevens Player of the Year (Michaela Blyde). Woodman reflected a strong vein of Kiwi modesty in her acceptance of the award, …

Does ‘radical economic transformation’ include closing the gender pay gap?

kendra

Mail & Guardian October 10, 2017 By Mondli Zondo Last week Friday, the Norwegian Football Association announced that their men’s national team will be taking a wage cut in order for their female counterparts to earn the same. This will come into effect in 2018 and has been widely lauded as a step towards true equality. Currently, the women’s team …

The World Bank: Women, Business and the Law

Hei-ock Kim

Women, Business and the Law (WBL) is a World Bank Group project collecting unique data on the laws and regulations that restrict women’s economic opportunities. OUR MISSION When societies get to equal, economies become more resilient. That’s why WBL is committed to informing research and policy discussions about the state of women’s economic opportunities and empowerment. The report celebrates the …

France Bans Street Harassment, Approving Hefty Fines For Catcallers

Hei-ock Kim

NPR August 2, 2018 By Colin Dwyer French lawmakers have approved a measure outlawing sexual harassment in the street, rendering catcalling and lewd or degrading comments a crime punishable by on-the-spot fines of up to 750 euros — or more than $870. The country’s Senate passed the legislation late Wednesday as part of a broader package of measures targeting sexual …

Gender pay gap could be ‘baked into the next generation’ of workers

Hei-ock Kim

Mid-ulster Mail February 2, 2017 By Gemma Murray Despite the Equal Pay Act being introduced 47 years ago, the gender pay gap remains one of the biggest issues facing British workers. The World Economic Forum recently estimated it’ll even be 118 years before women around the world can expect equal pay. In fact it’s so bad in some British industries …

New Zealand picks up toolkits to address gender pay gap and attitudes to women

Hei-ock Kim

  Stuff March 20, 2017 By Helen Tatham Two online toolkits designed to change attitudes towards women are the “new ideas” Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew​ brought back from a week-long visit to New York last week. Goodhew led a delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women on behalf of Minister for Women Paula Bennett. The commission, …

Gender equality crucial to GDP rise

Hei-ock Kim

The Navhind Times March 7, 2017 NEW DELHI: Gender equality is crucial in raising the GDP of a country, a top Uttar Pradesh Police officer said here on Monday. “The need for gender balance is critical in raising a country’s GDP. Safety, security and dignity of women are paramount for gender balance and growth,” Director General of the Uttar Pradesh …

The Impact of Equal Pay on Poverty and the Economy

Hei-ock Kim

Jessica Milli, Ph.D., Yixuan Huang, Heidi Hartmann Ph.D., and Jeff Hayes, Ph.D.
This briefing paper summarizes analyses of the 2014-2016 Current Population Survey Annual
Social and Economic supplement and uses statistical controls for labor supply, human capital,
and labor market characteristics to estimate: 1) how much women’s earnings and family incomes
would rise if working women were paid the same as comparable men (men who work the same
number of hours, are the same age, have the same educational attainment and urban/rural status
and live in the same region of the country); 2) how much women and their families lose because
women earn less than similarly qualified men; 3) how many children would benefit from the
increased earnings of their mothers; 4) how many children and families would be brought out of
poverty if women received equal pay; and 5) how much the economy as a whole suffers from
inequality in pay between women and men.