Gender bias affecting pay rates for graduates

Feature Story. Art by Chris Brockman.

Feature Story. Art by Chris Brockman.

A recent book called The Rise of Women concludes that women are outpacing men in education, but making less money in the workplace.

They are obtaining the same degrees that males do upon graduating from a university or college but are not receiving equal pay for the work they do. This claim that gender plays a role in the equality of certain work fields can affect students seeking jobs after graduation and the expectations they have toward pay.

“My passion will not change according to pay,” Brook George, a Randall High School senior, said. “I think competition is good. Unfair competition, however, is different. The competition should just be equal.”

For some in middle class society it is important for all genders to obtain a degree to be considered for a reasonable job or career, but gender can limit women to be considered equal counterparts in the workforce and their ability to bring home a check that a male with the same qualifications would bring home.

“I would not be threatened by a woman who made more than me,” Gates Gibson, a Texas Tech senior Computer Science major, said. “I come from a household where my mother is the bread winner. If the woman in question is better than me at the job then she deserves more money.”

There has always been competition in the workplace, but making competition out of gender is a different story.

“I recently read that women are now an actual challenge to men in authoritative positions,” Lindsey Rice, sophomore Psychology major, said. “This not only helps define equality between sexes, but gives younger generations of girls an early motivator. If they fall in love with school from the beginning there will be no holding them back.”

For some men, though, women deserve equal pay if they work equally as hard.

“I would like to see a woman make as much as me if they had the same qualifications, mainly because I am sure we work equally hard and would be doing the same job,” Jon Solis, junior International Business major, said. “I don’t see why they shouldn’t be paid the same.”