PayScale Releases New Data That Reveals the Biggest Obstacle to Eliminating Gender Bias in the Workplace – the Lake Wobegon Effect

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Larger Gap In Perception Between Male and Female Tech Workers Than All Workers Overall When It Comes to Recognizing an Issue at Their Own Workplace

Percentage of workers that say there is equal opportunity for men and women in most workplaces

PayScale, Inc., the world's leading provider of on-demand compensation data and software, today announced the release of new data that assesses male and female perspectives on gender equity in the workplace when it comes to equal opportunities. The data will be presented as part of a panel discussion at SXSW Interactive titled "How to Diversify Tech and Hack Our Unconscious Bias” in Austin, Texas this Sunday March 13 at 3:30 p.m. Central Time.

"This new study confirms the anecdotal data that women have talked about for ages: that women in male-dominated industries face a different reality than their male counterparts and deal with a series of subtle frustrations that add up over time,” said Aubrey Bach, Senior Manager, PayScale.

PayScale compiled this new data set by presenting 140,000 people who took their online employee survey between late December and early March at PayScale.com with two statements and asked them how much they agreed or disagreed with each statement:

“In MOST workplaces, men and women have equal opportunities.”
Strongly Agree
Agree
Neither Agree nor Disagree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree

“In MY workplace, men and women have equal opportunities.”
Strongly Agree
Agree
Neither Agree nor Disagree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree

PayScale then analyzed the numbers by gender, and by gender and tech workers vs. non-tech workers.

The results highlighted the following:

OVERALL
67% of male workers say men and women have equal opportunities in MOST workplaces
38% of female workers say men and women have equal opportunities in MOST workplaces
75% of male workers say men and women have equal opportunities at THEIR workplace
51% of female workers say men and women have equal opportunities at THEIR workplace

TECH WORKERS
66% of male tech workers say men and women have equal opportunities in MOST workplaces
30% of female tech workers say men and women have equal opportunities in MOST workplaces
80% of male tech workers say men and women have equal opportunities at THEIR workplace
44% of female tech workers say men and women have equal opportunities at THEIR workplace

“If this data highlights anything, it is that men need to step up to the plate,” said Matt Wallaert, behavioral scientist and creator of GetRaised.com. “We benefit from the system of inequity, we hold a position of privilege, and far too many of us are blind to the fact that this is a problem that occurs within our sphere of control. Only 25 percent believe it is a problem in their workplace? That’s a devastating finding. This isn't some vague social problem: every man, in every workplace, has the power to make that workplace more equitable. The women are leaning in: it is our turn to do the hard work of change.”

Adds Liz Morgan, Recruiting Lead, Diversity and Engineering Leadership for Linkedin: "This data should be the tipping point to make employers finally realize the importance of providing women the same professional support and opportunities that men receive throughout their careers, especially in highly competitive fields like tech."

The SXSW Interactive panelists for “How to Diversify Tech and Hack Our Unconscious Bias” include:

Aubrey Bach
SENIOR MANAGER
PayScale

Matt Wallaert
BEHAVIORAL SCIENTIST, CREATOR OF GETRAISED.COM
GetRaised.com

Lisa Lee
SENIOR DIVERSITY MANAGER
Pandora

Liz Morgan
RECRUITING LEAD - DIVERSITY & ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP
LinkedIn

About PayScale

Cloud software, crowd sourced data and unique algorithms power the world’s largest real-time database of rich salary profiles giving PayScale the unique ability to provide employees and employers alike immediate visibility into the right pay for any position. PayScale’s cloud compensation software is used by more than 3,500 customers including Bloomberg BNA, Cummins, Warby Parker, Clemson University and Signature HealthCARE.

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