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Why men earn more : the startling truth behind the pay gap--and what women can do about it /
Warren Farrell.
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New York : AMACOM, c2005.
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xxxiii, 270 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0814472109
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imprint
New York : AMACOM, c2005.
isbn
0814472109
catalogue key
5328504
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-236) and index.
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Because statistics show that men earn more than women, we assume that men are paid more than women for the same work. But think about this: if women really are paid less, why would anyone hire a man? The truth, argues Dr. Warren Farrell, is that the pay gap can no longer be attributed to large-scale discrimination against women. Men who earn more most often do so not because of their gender, but because "the invisible curriculum of male socialization" influences the choices they make. For example, to get higher pay, men are more likely to enter higher-paying fields, perform riskier tasks, take positions with less stability and less fulfillment, and work longer hours-a choice that doesn't just translate as "more hours, more money," but also opens the door to much more lucrative job and career opportunities. Although it's men who are more likely to make such choices, the fact is, both men and women who do so usually earn more than those who choose otherwise. Are they the right choices for you? For men, women, and their families, some choices will lead to higher income, some to a more balanced life. And quite a few will help achieve both. Why Men Earn More presents 25 choices you face in your life and career, and examines the impact each decision has on your earning power. Do you need to go with the "money choice" each time? Of course not. The goal is to achieve the ideal balance between financial comfort, professional fulfillment, and personal happiness-a different equation for each person. Dr. Farrell lays out a practical and clear set of considerations, such as: * Your field: science and technology versus social sciences and the arts (e.g., pharmacology versus literature) * Work environment: which male fields are becoming female-friendly? * Education and training: what will be most relevant ten years from now? * Your work hours: how much longer should you work for how much more pay? * Travel and relocating: how far is too far to go for higher pay? Why Men Earn More also reveals some startling truths about how women earn-revelations that are sure to re-energize debate about gender roles, workplace dynamics, affirmative action, and much more. For example: * Women who have made choices more typical of men usually earn more than men. * There are hundreds of federal programs specifically geared toward benefiting women in the workplace and women-owned businesses-and none for men or their businesses. * Industries and organizations already employing high percentages of women continue to aggressively recruit women and offer training and networking programs for women. As surprising as this information may seem, Why Men Earn More is based on comprehensive research, and provides solid facts and figures as evidence. More important, Dr. Farrell presents them with an eye toward giving women (and men) the unvarnished truth-and the information they need in order to make the empowering choices that will lead to a more balanced and fulfilling life.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-06-01:
In this readable book aimed at the general public, Farrell offers practical advice to women on how to increase job earnings. The work is organized in two sections. The first part (six chapters) covers "25 ways to increase your pay," while the second part (eight chapters) focuses on various issues related to women in the workplace. The information presented is familiar to those who have studied labor economics at the college level. There is an incomplete explanation of comparable worth, which the author dismisses as a method of raising women's pay because of its incompatibility with market forces of supply and demand. There is an interesting chapter on how more attractive women earn more ("genetic celebrity pay gap"). The author asserts many other generalizations based on gender. Farrell wants women to stop behaving as victims of discrimination and follow his prescriptions for raising their pay. He offers numerous recommendations on higher-paying career fields for women. The book includes a 2-page bibliography, 22 pages of footnotes, 17 tables, and several figures and cartoons. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Public, academic, and professional library collections. E. P. Hoffman Western Michigan University
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Review Quotes
"Farrell's tome is a huge step forward in understanding a bit more about a most perplexing problem." - Frequent Flyer
"Farrell's tome is a huge step forward in understanding a bit more about a most perplexing problem."-Frequent Flyer
"... will make you squeamish....in a good way. Knowing the facts (there are a lot in this book) only empowers you." -Downtown Women's Club
"... will make you squeamish....in a good way. Knowing the facts (there are a lot in this book) only empowers you."-Downtown Women's Club
"...a fascinating read." -Wendy McElroy, FoxNews.com
"...a fascinating read."-Wendy McElroy, FoxNews.com
"Bloomberg News: ""Why Men Earn More does treat an important subject comprehensively, fairly and accurately, drawing on international trends even as it focuses on the United States."" Marty Nemko, Career Coach, U.S. News & World Report online (http://www.usnews.com/usnews/biztech/career/nemko_blog.htm) chose Why Men Earn More as one of ""Five great career books to read in 2006."" Jeanne Sahadi, senior writer, CNNMoney.com: ""I don't usually use this column to recommend books, but Why Men Earn More will provide much food for thought, no matter where you stand in the pay-gap debate... This book -- complete with far more textured, subtle arguments than a column can ever convey -- will make you think twice."""
"Bloomberg News: ""Why Men Earn More does treat an important subject comprehensively, fairly and accurately, drawing on international trends even as it focuses on the United States.""Marty Nemko, Career Coach, U.S. News & World Report online (http://www.usnews.com/usnews/biztech/career/nemko_blog.htm) chose Why Men Earn More as one of ""Five great career books to read in 2006.""Jeanne Sahadi, senior writer, CNNMoney.com: ""I don't usually use this column to recommend books, but Why Men Earn More will provide much food for thought, no matter where you stand in the pay-gap debate... This book -- complete with far more textured, subtle arguments than a column can ever convey -- will make you think twice."""
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Summaries
Main Description
Bestselling author Warren Farrell contends that unequal pay for women is essentially a myth-that women are often paid less than men not because of discrimination but because men are more likely to make choices for higher pay. Clearly outlining the 25 workplace choices that affect men's and women's incomes, Farrell's analysis enables readers to weigh whether a trade-off is worth the greater pay.Such a non-PC take on a hot-button issue will raise eyebrows and hackles but the potential benefit is enormous. The Pay Paradox will give women specific, research-supported ways to earn higher pay. The book does not deny the reality of continuing discrimination against women and includes a full chapter devoted to this issue.
Main Description
What are the real reasons women earn less than men? What can they do about it? The author of "The Myth of Male Power" exposes the truth.
Description for Bookstore
"Controversial and exhaustively researched, gender expert Warren Farrell's latest book Why Men Earn Moretakes as its stunning argument the idea that bias-based unequal pay for women is largely a myth, and that women are most often paid less than men not because they are discriminated against, but because they have made lifestyle choices that affect their ability to earn. Why Men Earn Moreargues that while discrimination sometimes plays a part, both men and women unconsciously make trade-offs that affect how much they earn. Farrell clearly defines the 25 different workplace choices that affect women's and men's incomes -- including putting in more hours at work, taking riskier jobs or more hazardous assignments, being willing to change location, and training for technical jobs that involve less people contact -- and provides readers with specific, research-supported ways for women to earn higher pay. Why Men Earn More, with its brashness in the face of political correctness, is sure to ignite a storm of media controversy that will help to make this thoroughly pragmatic expose Warren Farrell's next bestseller."
Main Description
"Controversial and exhaustively researched, gender expert Warren Farrell's latest book Why Men Earn More takes as its stunning argument the idea that bias-based unequal pay for women is largely a myth, and that women are most often paid less than men not because they are discriminated against, but because they have made lifestyle choices that affect their ability to earn. Why Men Earn More argues that while discrimination sometimes plays a part, both men and women unconsciously make trade-offs that affect how much they earn. Farrell clearly defines the 25 different workplace choices that affect women's and men's incomes -- including putting in more hours at work, taking riskier jobs or more hazardous assignments, being willing to change location, and training for technical jobs that involve less people contact -- and provides readers with specific, research-supported ways for women to earn higher pay. Why Men Earn More, with its brashness in the face of political correctness, is sure to ignite a storm of media controversy that will help to make this thoroughly pragmatic exposé Warren Farrell's next bestseller."
Description for Bookstore
"Controversial and exhaustively researched, gender expert Warren Farrell's latest book Why Men Earn Moretakes as its stunning argument the idea that bias-based unequal pay for women is largely a myth, and that women are most often paid less than men not because they are discriminated against, but because they have made lifestyle choices that affect their ability to earn.Why Men Earn Moreargues that while discrimination sometimes plays a part, both men and women unconsciously make trade-offs that affect how much they earn. Farrell clearly defines the 25 different workplace choices that affect women's and men's incomes -- including putting in more hours at work, taking riskier jobs or more hazardous assignments, being willing to change location, and training for technical jobs that involve less people contact -- and provides readers with specific, research-supported ways for women to earn higher pay.Why Men Earn More, with its brashness in the face of political correctness, is sure to ignite a storm of media controversy that will help to make this thoroughly pragmatic expose Warren Farrell's next bestseller."
Bowker Data Service Summary
Debunking traditional assumptions, and presenting 25 key workplace choices, including the decision to take more hazardous jobs, enter technical fields, work longer hours, etc., Farrell forces readers to rethink their strategies, and shows how they can take control of their wage-earning potential.

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