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Work Isn't Fair ... Especially for Women

Work Isn't Fair ... Especially for Women
Women are treated unfairly at work in almost every way. / Credit: Woman at work image via Shutterstock

Women are getting a raw deal at work, and it's not their imagination. New research finds that women face more hurdles and have fewer opportunities at work then men.

A study in the Work, Employment and Society journal discovered that are paid less, and their jobs are less flexible and more stressful than men's jobs. They also have fewer opportunities for advancement. Researchers say the results disprove the theory that women have voluntarily traded the chance at high-powered jobs in order to gain more flexibility for their responsibilities at home.

"The findings show that women lag behind men on most dimensions of job quality," the study's authors said. "This result runs counter to the expectation that women's occupations compensate for their low wages and limited opportunities for promotion by providing better employment conditions." [8 Amazing Job Benefits That Keep Employees Happy]

The study was based on surveys on the working lives of 8,500 men and 9,000 women in 27 industrialized countries, including the United States. The surveys found that men were more likely than women to have job flexibility, such as being able to decide when they start and end their day and how they organize their schedules. Men also had more opportunities for promotions, higher salaries, jobs that were more interesting and added job security.

This research also revealed that women found their work more stressful and exhausting than did men. The study shows that only in the area of physical conditions did men score their work worse, saying it was more physically demanding and dangerous.

"The findings indicate that women enjoy hardly any advantage over men in the labor market," the researchers said. "Women lag behind men on most employment dimensions: their jobs offer lower salaries and fewer opportunities for advancement, but also lower job security, worse job content, less time autonomy and worse emotional conditions."

Tel Aviv University professor Haya Stier and University of Haifa professor Meir Yaish authored the study. The countries analyzed in the research were Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Latvia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United States.

Originally published on Business News Daily.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.