Companies

${ company.text }

Be the first to rate this company Not yet rated ${ company.score }

Career Resources

${ getArticleTitle(article) }

Topics

${ tag.display_name }

Community

${ getCommunityPostText(community_post) }

Writers

${ author.full_name }

${ author.short_bio }

InHerSight logo
Jobs Community For Employers

Join InHerSight's growing community of professional women and get matched to great jobs and more!

Sign up now

Already have an account? Log in ›

  1. Blog
  2. Research
  3. April 2, 2019

49% of Women Say Gender Pay Gap Is a Dealbreaker

In a survey of 2,000 women, nearly half of respondents say they would be less interested in working for a company with a gender pay gap, others say they’d be on the fence.

49% of Women Say Gender Pay Gap Is a Dealbreaker

Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza is on staff at InHerSight where she writes about data and women's rights.

InHerSight polled more than 2,000 women to find out how knowledge of a gender pay gap at a company would affect their interest in working there.

If you knew there was a gender pay gap at a specific company, would you be less interested in working there?

Data chart: If you knew there was a gender pay gap at a specific company, would you be less interested in working there?

Key survey findings

  • 49 percent of women say that if they knew a company had a gender pay gap, they would absolutely be less interested in working for that company.
  • 33 percent say they would probably be less interested in working there.
  • 12 percent say this knowledge would not affect their interest.
  • 4.6 percent say it would probably not affect their interest.
  • Less than 2 percent say it would not affect their interest at all.

As early as spring 2019, US companies with at least 100 employees, and federal contractors with at least 50 employees and a contract of $50,000 or more, will have to report worker pay by sex, race, and ethnicity to the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC).

“Daylight around this is important to equalizing pay,” says Cheryl Legare, employment law attorney in Decatur, GA. “Pay disparities are deep. The only way to fix it is to have this information gathered.”

There are 74.6 million women in the civilian workforce—that’s nearly 47 percent of the American workforce.

Read more:The 2019 Salary Satisfaction Report

The gender pay gap by the numbers

In the United States,

  • Women overall make 80 cents on a man’s dollar ( Pew Research )

  • African-American women earn 61 cents on a man’s dollar ( AAUW )

  • Hispanic or Latina women earn 53 cents on a man’s dollar ( AAUW )

  • And Asian women earn 85 cents on a man’s dollar ( AAUW )

There’s no single reason for the gender pay gap. Factors include lack of female representation in company leadership and in high-paying fields, occupational sorting, discouragement of women in STEM educational programs, the motherhood penalty, gender discrimination, and lack of pay transparency.

Methodology

Survey of more than 2,000 women in March 2019.

This article is part of InHerSight’s month-long coverage of equal pay. Timed with Equal Pay Day, the series looks at how the pay gap affects women of all backgrounds and in all industries.

Rate this article

Share this article

Photo of Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza

Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza

Content Strategist, InHerSight

Emily is on staff at InHerSight where she researches and writes about data that describes women in the workplace, specifically societal barriers to advancement, and workplace rights. Her bylines include Fast Company and The Glossary Co.

Don't Miss Out

Create a free account to get unlimited access to our articles and to join millions of women growing with the InHerSight community

Looks like you already have an account!
Click here to login ›

Invalid email. Please try again!

Sign up with a social account or...

If you already have an account, click here to log in. By signing up, you agree to InHerSight's Terms and Privacy Policy

Success!

You now have access to all of our awesome content

Rate Your Company

Your experience in the workplace matters! Anonymously share your feedback on a current or former employer. It only takes three minutes!

Popular

  1. ${post.title}

About InHerSight

InHerSight is the career navigator for working women. Founded on the belief that data measurement leads to advancement, we manage the largest database of women-rated companies, and we use those insights to match our users to jobs and companies where they can achieve their goals. Anonymously rate your current or former employer now to unlock our one-of-a-kind resources.

Topics in this article