Dec 14, 2017

Women twice as likely to say they face gender discrimination at work

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42% of working women in the U.S. say they have faced gender discrimination on the job, ranging from earning less than their male counterparts to being overlooked for important assignments and new positions, according to new Pew Research Center data. Only 22% of working men say the same.

Why it matters: The survey — which was conducted over the summer, prior to the #MeToo movement — reveals that the scales are still vastly tipped in men's favor.

Other key findings that highlight the disparity between men and women:

  • 25% of working women say they have earned less than a man who was doing the same job, while 5% of working men say they earn less than a female peer.
  • 15% of working women say they have received less support from senior leaders than a man who was doing the same job, while only 7% men say the same.
  • 10% of working women say they have been passed over for the most important assignments because of their gender, compared with 5% of men.

The Pew survey was conducted July 11–Aug. 10, 2017, with "a nationally representative sample" of 4,914 adults.

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