CNN Parrots Press Release on Pay Gap Study
â€śMind the gapâ€ť isnâ€™t just for the London Underground anymore. The April 28 edition of CNNâ€™s â€śIn the Moneyâ€ť lamented a gap in pay between men and women, but the segment itself had a few gaps.
CNN contributor Polly LaBarre said that after controlling for certain factors, such as parenting responsibility and occupation type, â€śwomen still earn 12 percent less than men.â€ť
The AAUWâ€™s recommended remedy: more government regulation of businesses.
â€śItâ€™s clear that barriers beyond schooling have prevented true pay equity, and AAUW continues to be a strong advocate for legislative efforts to address this discrimination,â€ť said Lisa Maatz, AAUW director of public policy and government relations, in the studyâ€™s press release.
LaBarre echoed that call, saying, â€śWe need to extend the Family Leave Medical Acts.â€ť
But Christine Romans, the programâ€™s co-host, asked LaBarre about the possibility that women might not be as willing to negotiate their salaries. LaBarre insisted, â€śbefore we go to blame the victim, because â€“ but I think thatâ€™s an important point â€“ itâ€™s structural.â€ť After blaming â€śstructuralâ€ť sex discrimination and calling for extended regulation, LaBarre included salary negotiations as a possible source of the discrepancy.
Men are four times more likely than women to negotiate their first salary, according to LaBarre. â€śSo, women basically lay a half a million dollars on the table by not negotiating their first salary,â€ť she said.
Another study showed women also work less for their employer than men on a daily basis. The â€śAmerican Time Use Surveyâ€ť conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that on average men work more for their employer every day. For full-time workers, that was an average of 8.3 hours for men and 7.7 hours for women.