CNN Parrots Press Release on Pay Gap Study
‚ÄúMind the gap‚ÄĚ isn‚Äôt just for the London Underground anymore. The April 28 edition of CNN‚Äôs ‚ÄúIn the Money‚ÄĚ lamented a gap in pay between men and women, but the segment itself had a few gaps.
CNN contributor Polly LaBarre said that after controlling for certain factors, such as parenting responsibility and occupation type, ‚Äúwomen still earn 12 percent less than men.‚ÄĚ
The AAUW‚Äôs recommended remedy: more government regulation of businesses.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs clear that barriers beyond schooling have prevented true pay equity, and AAUW continues to be a strong advocate for legislative efforts to address this discrimination,‚ÄĚ said Lisa Maatz, AAUW director of public policy and government relations, in the study‚Äôs press release.
LaBarre echoed that call, saying, ‚ÄúWe need to extend the Family Leave Medical Acts.‚ÄĚ
But Christine Romans, the program‚Äôs co-host, asked LaBarre about the possibility that women might not be as willing to negotiate their salaries. LaBarre insisted, ‚Äúbefore we go to blame the victim, because ‚Äď but I think that‚Äôs an important point ‚Äď it‚Äôs structural.‚ÄĚ After blaming ‚Äústructural‚ÄĚ sex discrimination and calling for extended regulation, LaBarre included salary negotiations as a possible source of the discrepancy.
Men are four times more likely than women to negotiate their first salary, according to LaBarre. ‚ÄúSo, women basically lay a half a million dollars on the table by not negotiating their first salary,‚ÄĚ she said.
Another study showed women also work less for their employer than men on a daily basis. The ‚ÄúAmerican Time Use Survey‚ÄĚ conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that on average men work more for their employer every day. For full-time workers, that was an average of 8.3 hours for men and 7.7 hours for women.