Married mothers: Some good news—and some bad news
Here’s the good news, married moms: You make more than single moms and women without kids. Now, the bad news: The gender wage gap between you and your male counterparts is larger than the gap in any other cohort.
A new study released Thursday by PayScale, an online resource for salary and benefit information, puts the average gender pay gap—when controlled for factors such as education, geography, industry and work experience—at 2.7%. But when you focus in on the disparity between married men with kids and married women with kids, that gap widens to 4.2% (a controlled median pay of $67,900 per year for men, vs. $65,000 for women).
This disparity is a result of long-standing gender biases and social expectations, says Ken Matos, the senior director of research for the Families and Work Institute. He says that the difference in salary can be attributed, at least in part, to the common perception that having children hurts women’s ability to succeed at work—a belief that’s rarely extended to dads.
When supervisors believe that motherhood limits women’s abilities at work, he says, “whether or not they’re actually doing their job really well gets lost” in that perception
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