We need your help to reach our fiscal year-end goal tomorrow. Donate Now

More women should major in business or engineering to close pay gap: Study

David Brancaccio Dec 10, 2013
HTML EMBED:
COPY

More women should major in business or engineering to close pay gap: Study

David Brancaccio Dec 10, 2013
HTML EMBED:
COPY

If young women want to close the gender pay gap, they should pay more attention to their major than their university. A new study suggests that having more women getting degrees from Stanford or Harvard matters far less than having more women getting degrees in engineering or business. Gokhan Savas, co-author of the study and an assistant professor at Luther College in Iowa, speculates that it’s probably* about the enduring power of old boy networks.

“Male students who go to those elite institutions, but major in literature or history or social sciences or art, they are still able to get fancy jobs in Wall Street,” Savas says.

Women? No such luck.

Click the player above to hear more, and see the study’s abstract here


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misrepresented Gokhan Savas’ statement about “old boys clubs.” The text has been corrected.

There’s a lot happening in the world.  Through it all, Marketplace is here for you. 

You rely on Marketplace to break down the world’s events and tell you how it affects you in a fact-based, approachable way. We rely on your financial support to keep making that possible. 

Your donation today powers the independent journalism that you rely on. For just $5/month, you can help sustain Marketplace so we can keep reporting on the things that matter to you.  

The clock is ticking 

Our fiscal year ends tomorrow. Can you chip in $50, $25 or even $10 to help us reach our goal?