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Does gender discrimination run deeper than you think?

It’s no great secret that gender bias exists in many workplaces. However, recent economic studies may indicate that where a woman is born and where she ends up influence certain gender discrimination trends.

A study conducted by economists Kerwin Kofi Charles of the University of Chicago, Jonathan Guryan of Northwestern University and Jessica Pan of National University of Singapore revealed trends about women in the work place.

What did the study find?

The two major findings from the study indicated that where a woman is born and where she ends up have a major influence on the hours she works and the amount of pay she receives for that work. The study found that areas in the south demonstrated more sexist tendencies, while the west coast is typically more progressive.

Women who were born in and grew up in states that showed higher traits of sexism typically face a larger economic gap than their counterparts who grew up in more progressive areas. However, the study also found that women who end up working and living in areas that are more sexist face similar gaps and tendencies.

For example, women raised or working in southern states were less likely to negotiate higher pay, less likely to work longer hours and were more likely to stop working after having children, based on the results of this study.

Conversely, men in the same conditions did not demonstrate similar economic outcomes for pay or hours worked.

What does this mean?

Based on this information, we can infer that women working in southern states may be more likely to face gender discrimination both internally and externally. Women in southern states may have internalized sexist mindsets and may also face gender discrimination from their employers.

While California is typically a more progressive state, women may still face gender discrimination in the workplace. If you think your employer is treating you unfairly, based on your gender, you may want to speak with an attorney about your situation.

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