Sexual harassment is just the tip of the iceberg for working women.
Gender discrimination is rampant.
More than four in 10 working women (42%) say they’ve been discriminated against at work because of their gender, according to data released Thursday by the Pew Research Center, which was gathered even before the recent slate of sexual harassment allegations came to light. What’s more, they are about twice as likely as men are to say they’ve experienced discrimination based on their gender, the survey, which questioned nearly 5,000 adults, found.
The No. 1 way women say they are discriminated against? Pay. One in four working women say they’ve earned less than a man doing the same job. Other research backs them up too: Data from Payscale, a workplace compensation firm, shows that even when you compare a man and woman with the same job title, at the same company, and with similar education and experience, the man still earns 2.4% more than the woman on average.
Coming in a close second is women saying they were treated as if they were not competent because of their gender (23%). Here’s the full list of eight types of gender discrimination and how prevalent each is.
Women also are more likely than men to have experienced sexual harassment than men — though both genders see it as a problem. “While similar shares of women and men say sexual harassment is at least a small problem in their workplace (36% versus 35%), women are about three times as likely as men to have experienced it personally while at work (22% versus 7%),” the Pew Report revealed.
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