Found an interesting article when I was surfing around today:
Wage Gap Narrower for Women in IT.
As a college student wanting to be in this field, I at first thought "YAY! Less of a wage gap!"IT professions faired better than most in 2007. Computer support specialists appeared closest to closing the wage gap, with women earning 87 percent of what men did in the same occupation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers beat the national average in other categories, including computer and information systems managers and computer programmers (85 percent) and database administrators, computer scientists and systems analysts (84 percent).
But then I read on to a REALLY REALLY interesting point I had never thought of:
Why the heck IS there a wage gap here at all? I mean, some of the older fields I can sort of see, though it's no excuse. Things like the law profession and the medical field have been traditionally dominated by men, and come from back in the day when wage gaps were the norm and pretty standard, those fields are still catching up to the 21st century."What strikes us is why there should be any. It's a relatively new field and people come in at relatively [the] same education level," said Leber, who explained that there has been a historical bias in many older fields reflecting past attitudes that men worked to support a family and women worked for pin money.
But the tech field? We're freaking newborns compared to the law field.Why the discrepancy in such a new field? Thoughts?