Women are more likely to be asked to do favors or help out their coworkers, but when they do they are less appreciated for it than men, according to research from business school professor Frank Flynn.
Flynn examined employees at two companies and found that women were more likely than men to be asked for help and were also more likely to grant those requests. But when those who received favors were asked how “indebted” they felt to the person granting them, women were appreciated less than men. Writing on the research, Sharon Meers of the Wall Street Journal says, “It turned out that people felt entitled to female help.” On top of that, women who seem more “agreeable” are even less appreciated than women who were seen as less agreeable but provided help.
Women experience a variety of other forms of discrimination, both subtle and outright. A third of women workers surveyed in August reported experiencing discrimination based on their gender, with 31 percent saying they would be paid more if they were men and two-thirds saying professional women are scrutinized more than their male peers. In fact, 71 percent of women say that being paid less than men is a “big problem” and 60 percent said they have a harder time getting ahead. Another recent survey found that a full 15 percent of women report being passed over for a promotion because of their gender.
The gender pay gap is all too real and virtually impossible to escape. Young women fresh out of college make less than male peers with the same degree, grades, and school credentials in their first jobs. Even if a woman decides to get more educational credentials, she’ll make less than a man with the same degree. She’ll make less no matter what industry or occupation she chooses. Even if she makes it to the very top and becomes a CEO, she will still be paid 18 percent less than male executives.
And there is evidence that women are passed over for promotions. Women who graduate from business school and adopt career advancement strategies will still move more slowly up the ladder than similar men. Just 21 percent of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies are women.