This week in our Women in Comms roundup: Discriminatory Trumpisms are trending; women are asking for raises but not getting them; is there a marriage market penalty for women in STEM?; and more.
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It's often reported that women don't negotiate salaries, both at the onset of accepting a job offer and down the line for pay raises. New research proves that, in fact, women ask for raises at the same rate that men do, but their requests just aren't granted. The BBC reports that when both men and women request raises, men are 25% more likely to actually be given a raise. The only country that currently tracks requests for pay increases is Australia, so it makes sense why one might assume women just aren't asserting themselves and asking to be paid more, as previous research suggests. So why aren't women being given raises when their male counterparts are? It's all speculation, but as the BBC opines, it probably comes down to "pure discrimination." (See WiCipedia: Young Women, Verizon Strikers Demand More and Mind the Gap: Is Public Shaming the Way to End Pay Inequity?)
With the presidential election quickly approaching, the candidates are getting scrutinized from all angles. Light Reading's Carol Wilson reported earlier this week that while Hillary Clinton has a comprehensive telecom strategy, Donald Trump doesn't seem to have much of one at all. And this VentureBeat article shows that while 66% of women in tech will be voting for Clinton this November, 30% won't be voting for either candidate and a measly 3% will be rooting for Trump. (See Trump's Telecom Policy? Who Knows?)
Considering some of Trump's sexist and discriminatory comments that were trending this week on Twitter via older articles from EliteDaily and Huffington Post, it makes sense why women wouldn't be gung ho about this confusingly haired candidate. Between stating that if Ivanka were not his daughter, he would be dating her, and that women should be solely responsible for child rearing, Trump has been too busy spouting sexism to come up with any actual policy. See above and below for two of the most jaw-dropping #Trumpisms on the topic of women. (See Clinton Tech Plan Draws Sharp Contrast to Trump's Thinking.)
In more uplifting news, it's back-to-school week! While there are many parents out there who are sad about their "babies" growing up too quickly, we're excited about all of the new media that's come out recently intended to inspire, propel and elevate young girls. Randi Zuckerberg's Dot is an animated series that follows a plucky and tech-savvy girl with a passion for STEM, Animation World Network reports. "For a girl as curious and creative as she, there's no better way to spend the day than outside, exploring the world with her dog, friends, and any tool or tech that will help enhance their play and exploration." Dot originated from Zuckerberg's series of books and will premiere on Sprout, a 24-hour preschool network. (See Xfinity TV Go Adds 18 New Live Streaming Networks and Comcast Streams More... But Only for Students.)
Ada Twist, Scientist also premiered this week. The book's tiny protagonist is endlessly curious, and solving scientific mysteries is her passion. "She embarks on fact-finding missions and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery." Finally, Kazoo Magazine's first issue was just released after a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $170,000 in just one month. Kazoo advocates for girls to explore, make noise and be themselves, instead of what society tells them to be. "Girls are not born worrying whether their hair is shiny enough. These are learned worries that we're giving girls. Go to a playground, and you'll see girls running, screaming, being strong, being loud, being messy -- all these wonderful things that we, as a society, slowly take away from them as they get older," The Chicago Tribune reports.
A new survey conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York isn't doing much to advance the "women can have it all" mantra. They surveyed 500 college women to find out their take on the correlation between certain majors and marriage and children. Marketwatch says that the students who were interviewed "believe women who major in science or business suffer a 'marriage market' penalty relative to those who pursue humanities or social science degrees. Specifically, the women surveyed said majoring in science or business would reduce their chances of being married at age 23 by 10% and their odds of being married at age 30 by nearly 15%." The consensus was that while entering into a STEM field might delay the path to conventional family milestones, it most likely would not "completely preclude them from marriage or childbearing." (See WiCipedia: UK's Crackdown & a Go-Go No-Go.)
There's no better way to see the pluses and minuses of a career choice than to have a role model or mentor show you the ropes. Women in Comms is a big advocate for mentoring, and Forbes seems to agree with this article about the importance of female role models for women in tech. So what is it that makes young women want to break through that glass ceiling most? You guessed it -- watching someone else do it first. "The vast majority (83.3 percent) of women in tech who said they wanted a C-Suite job also said they had a role model." (See Making Mentoring a Priority and Are You My Mentor?)
kq4ym, User Rank: Light Sabre 9/21/2016 | 7:26:49 PM
Re: Negotiating raises One wonders how it's not clear that women face bad odds all around in lots of organizations, yet society doesn't want to admit it, finding excuses and false theories why all is well. And Trump...that's another story that's even stranger.
Re: Negotiating raises Kelsey, you're definitely right that the research has always shown that women weren't asking for raises. This new study seems to be saying that those stats are based on assumptions that because women weren't getting raises, it was simply because they weren't asking for them. I think this might be one of those things where we don't know the full story since not every raise request is documented, but it's certainly worrying!
Some of those Trump quotes are really shocking. He's got a loooonnnnggg history of saying incredibly inapporpriate things! It's pretty crazy what he's gotten away with (and rewarded for!).
Negotiating raises I always thought women didn't receive as many raises as men because they simply weren't negotiating for them, so this new research you mentioned is both eye opening and frustrating. The notion that discrimination might be the bigger underlying issue is frustrating because it sounds like a bigger hurdle to overcome.
As for the Trump quotes, I thought I was at the point where nothing he said would shock me anymore but you've proven me wrong!
This week in our WiC roundup: Girls in Tech makes biggest fundraising effort yet; Microsoft takes its Women in Cloud initiative on the road; women in developing countries pay the price for tech; and more.