CHAPTER 5

Gender Inequality and Bias

Despite everything you may have heard about progress toward gender equality in pay, women still generally earn less than men. According to an ongoing study by Payscale.com, looking at the median earnings of women versus men, women in 2020 make only 81 cents for every dollar men make.1 That’s a seven cent improvement since 2015, but clearly women still have a way to go.

As a woman entering the work force, or if you are moving up in your career, you are very likely to encounter pay discrepancies and biases during your career, especially if you enter a predominantly male field like construction or transportation. I was so naïve when I entered the business world in the mid-1960s. I did not realize there were barriers, ...

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