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Egalitarian Gender Attitudes Among Men = Less Pay

September 24, 2008 | NeW Staff

A friend sent me a link to this Washington Post article about gender attitudes and pay.  The headline reads, “Study Ties Wage Disparities To Outlook on Gender Roles.”

The article focuses on a new study,


“Men with egalitarian attitudes about the role of women in society earn significantly less on average than men who hold more traditional views about women’s place in the world, according to a study being reported today.”

Wow!  Talk about a strong claim.   As I have mentioned before, the Obama Campaign is making equal pay a big issue in this election.   They are focusing on the role discrimination plays in the pay disparity.  However, the study suggests that a contributing factor could be that traditional men negotiate harder for higher salaries.


“‘When we think of the gender wage gap, most of our focus goes to the women side of things,'” said Beth A. Livingston, co-author of the study. “‘This article says a lot of the difference may be in men’s salaries.'”

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