Friday, April 25, 2014

Mind the Gap

The issue of income inequality is also an issue of gender equality.   Women work primarily in the service sector, they are often single mothers and must deal with the responsibilities that come from being the captain of the ship without a first mate.

And once again our dysfunction junction seems determined to do the minimum possible while extending the maximum effort in which to accomplish said goal, elected to avoid the equal payment law  that has been on the desks since 2008 or longer as who knows anymore. So there have been some Presidential posturing or penning whatever Obama did to try to resolve this long standing simmering issue.  Well women, pots and cooking is all we are good for.

And meanwhile the long or not so long awaited trial in Silicon Valley with regards to the "alleged" collusion between the Tech giants to not poach or hire or whatever they do there has settled out of court.  Now there is another area that they took the idea of copy and paste to new heights with their re inventions of the wheel, only this one is smarter, faster, and saving the world.  See fire and water are now threats to the world, tech however.  Hey at least we still have the show on HBO.

If this case exonerates one of the Plaintiffs who mysteriously died at the hands of Sheriff's when called to resolve a domestic issue  further adds to the layers of how fucked up our country really is.  That story about his death/murder is buried with him, so whatever happened to him in every sense of the word will never be told.

If there is anything consistent here is that Truth is the one concept that is the krypton's to our shattered system of Justice.  Justice being the other.

So it is fitting that tech industry is the one industry that seems to have the least in gender pay inequity.  But it is more about the accommodation factor then the fact that few women actually work within it.

Well there is a positive about STEM for girls then.

For Women in Tech, Pay Gap Is Unusually Small

Technology, with its bro culture, has not been a particularly welcoming profession for women. So it is surprising that in the tech sector, the pay gap between women and men is one of the smallest.

Female computer scientists make 89 percent of what men in the same occupation make, controlling for age, race, hours and education, according to data from Claudia Goldin, a Harvard University labor economist and expert on women and the economy. For engineering managers, pay is just about equal for men and women.

Those numbers are significantly better than in other professions, including finance (66 percent), medicine (71 percent) and law (82 percent).

The tech jobs Ms. Goldin analyzed are not just those at Silicon Valley tech companies. They include tech jobs at almost every company, from carmakers to publishers. (Even dairy farmers rely on technology to milk cows these days.

A key reason women in tech fare better in terms of salary is that tech jobs tend to offer more flexibility in terms of where and when people work — the most important element in eliminating the pay gap, according to Ms. Goldin’s research. Compared with jobs in business, health and law, people who work in technology and many science jobs have far less pressure to be around at particular times and have face-to-face discussions with colleagues and clients. Writing code at a computer can be done at odd hours and from home.

These characteristics, Ms. Goldin said, result in people being paid in proportion to the hours they work, instead of being paid disproportionately more for working longer hours. “There are work-life notions — you get your job done, you’ve got code to write, you do it,” Ms. Goldin said in an interview.
As a result, women with tech degrees who have young children are less likely to leave their jobs than women with degrees in other areas.

Ms. Goldin was initially skeptical that tech jobs were as beneficial to women as the data implied. So she dug deeper, and concluded that it was the job itself — not selection bias because of the small number of women in tech or features of particular industries — that makes the difference.

Perhaps this data is something that Yahoo and the other tech companies that recently reversed their work-from-home policies, requiring people to show up at the office, should consider.

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