Some Men Get a Pay Bump When They Enter Female-Dominated Jobs — How Can Women Benefit Too?
These Researchers Argue It Could Lead to Traditionally Female Jobs Becoming More Valued
Studies have found that as women take over male-dominated fields, the pay drops. So what happens when men start joining female-dominated fields?
This is a particularly important question given that female-dominated jobs have some of the highest projected job and wage growth in the coming decade. (In fact, for just the second time, women outnumbered men in the U.S. paid workforce - in large part due to job growth in health care and education.)
Sociology professors Jill Yavorsky and Janette Dill wanted to find the answer. They asked themselves: "If jobs in female-dominated sectors represent the future, what will it take for men to take them?" And what will happen once they do?
"Men who are unemployed are much more likely to switch to a female-dominated job in fields like education or healthcare.
Men entering these jobs experienced a wage and prestige increase — which could be because they will only take a position in a female-dominated fields that pays more is and is more prestigious.
Men entering these positions could push how our culture values work that is traditionally done by women — and even lead to higher compensation if these jobs were valued more."
While having fields like teaching and nursing become more valued would be amazing, it's downright painful (albeit unsurprising) to think that it would take more men joining the field for that shift to happen.
And the potential outcomes aren't necessarily all positive. Many women in male-dominated professions face the glass-ceiling; Yavorsky and Dill think the opposite might be true for men who join (and stay in) traditionally female-dominated occupations. They could benefit from a "glass escalator" that accelerates their careers, they said, citing previous studies that found that "straight, white men in nontraditional fields are often fast-tracked to management positions."
So where does this leave the women working in traditionally female-dominated fields? Will they benefit from a prestige and pay bump? Or will they be left dealing with the fact that newcomers who happen to be straight, white men, start rising quickly to the top and calling the shots? We certainly hope it's the former.
For the boss you loved, the coworker you hated, and everyone in between
Two things are inevitable when someone leaves your team at work: there will be an abundance of sweet treats (I'm partial to those giant cookie cakes from the mall) and there will be a card passed around for everyone to scrawl the professional version of sweet nothings in. Depending on the "importance" of the person, you may get the bonus activities of farewell gifts and/or an all-team champagne toast.
If you are a New York based tech professional and you'd like to attend this event, please email your name and LinkedIn URL to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you are a software engineer, fitness enthusiast or both, you won't want to miss PowerToFly's evening of product demos and networking with the women tech leaders and allies at Peloton.
Founded in 2012, Peloton brought top talent together in its Silicon Alley headquarters to create a new concept in fitness. In their words, "We loved cycling but had a hard time finding a workout that consistently fit our schedules, and our at-home workouts never felt quite up to par. So, we set out to create a world-class indoor cycling studio experience on your time, and in the comfort of your own home."
This event is your chance to hear directly from the women tech leaders and allies who make their revolutionary products like the Peloton Bike, Peloton Tread and Peloton App possible. We'll be devoting a large portion of the event to taking your questions and I know the Peloton team wants to hear from you!
The unique evening will take place on Wednesday, February 12th from 6pm to 8:30pm at 125 W 25th Street.
There's a lot more to building an inclusive company than just hiring more people from diverse backgrounds. So, how can you build an inclusive culture that will help you attract and retain a diverse group of employees?
A few months ago, Lily Zintak found herself at a crossroads.
She'd been working as a Sales Development Representative in construction management software company Procore Technologies' Austin, Texas office for the better part of 18 months. She'd watched the office grow from less than 200 people to more than 400—and even cut the ribbon when they opened a new floor of offices. She'd made 50-plus sales calls a day, honed an approach to prospecting and connecting with clients that worked for her, and found success. It was at this point in her career, where she had to make a tough decision.