The gender pay gap – an American perspective

Thanks to the folks at Compensation Cafe for their Friday Special link to my post on the gender pay gap. Compensation Cafe, as the name suggests, is a group blog focused on remuneration. What’s the collective noun for a bunch of Comp and Ben specialists?

In a similar vein to my post, one of the contributors, Becky Regan,  discusses some research on the gender pay gap among MBA graduates in the USA.

The survey showed that in early careers and business schools, male and female career paths are very similar.  Men focus on finance and women on marketing as majors in business school but have similar grade point averages, similar jobs and performance ratings following graduation. Childless women had careers that progressed in line with their male counterparts; MBA mom’s careers did not progress at the same level.

Dr. Bertrand said that maternity leave begins the deterioration of the working mother’s career.  “Any departure, for six months or more, is costly.  Male or female, you never re-enter where you were.” The study found that after a decade had passed since earning their MBA, the gap in hours between MBA mothers and the other MBAs equaled about six months’ time.  

A MBA mother’s earnings begins to decline within two years following the birth of the first child with the rate accelerating thereafter.

As Becky says, could it simply be motherhood that is the primary cause of gender pay differences?

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to The gender pay gap – an American perspective

  1. Jo Jordan says:

    God gave you two feet Rick!

  2. Ann Bares says:


    Thanks for the link back to the Cafe and Becky’s post. Interesting to get this discussion going on an international basis!

  3. Becky Regan says:


    Many thxs for the referral to my blog post regarding gender pay gap between MBA professionals on Compensation Cafe last week. Don’t miss today’s post on Compensation Cafe reflecting my own personal experience with gender pay discrimination in the 90’s. Cheers! Looking forward to continuing the discussion…

    Becky Regan

  4. Ruth@VS aka Happy Homeworker says:


    I hope you don’t mind but I have tagged you to do 8 things you hate – see my blog

    I’ve also said nice things about you there – a fairly crude incentive, but well meant!

  5. flip chart says:

    Maternity leave is bound to have an adverse affect on a woman’s career.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s