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Think You’re Underpaid? Your Doctor May Be, Too

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The New York Times reports  that women doctors at some of the nation’s most prominent public medical schools earn nearly $20,000 less a year on average than their male colleagues. 

The story appears to confirm two things that women know all too well: 1) when it comes to salaries, men are hard-wired to pay men more than women to do the same work and 2) one reason may be that women don’t demand more when they negotiate their pay. Study author Dr. Anupam B. Jena, a Harvard professor, told the paper that men and women may negotiate differently, and “male physicians may be more aggressive in terms of obtaining outside salary offers.” The medical community seemed exasperated by the results. “It’s 2016, and yet in a very methodically strong, large study that covers a broad swath of the country, you’re still seeing at the very least a 10 percent difference in what men and women take home,” said Dr. Molly Cooke, a professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco, who has studied salary disparities among physicians.


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  2. I have been paid less also than my female counterparts in several positions. There are salary disparities amongst women with women, and men with men, as well as men with women, for a same job description. Speaking up as you suggest, which I have done everytime, and I’m gracious but factual, has never gotten me a raise, even tho my responsibilities have been in each case greater for less pay, and after I discuss the disparity with the appropriate managers, I didn’t get a raise, I’ve been labeled a trouble maker because of speaking up.
    Unless you’re willing to sue and lose your job, what other recourse is there but to lump it?

  3. Toni Sales

    My response to the questions of being blunt to be taken more seriously is: I worked for a technical college in various rolls, which connected me with the VPs, within the college. I have always been a straight forward person, the Thinker, according to Meyer & Briggs Personality Test.

    However, in Georgia where I relocated from the North, the male-gender’s behavior is appalling, and the only females who were paid a realistic salary were the ones who slandered, bullied and assaulted the woman, who would not “Be Nice”, and smile in the faces of the male-genders.

    I was told by a very high-ranked Executive VP, that he could “hire any Joe off the streets to do a good job”. However, he “was looking for someone to tell him what the folks were saying about him”.

    After I reported him and a few of his buddies for sexual harassment and assault/batter, I was told that I would never receive a raise, unless it was through the increased education program. Even then, I did not receive the correct amount of money for my achieved degrees.

    I was told by another male-gender, that if he could not have me, no would have me. The third male-gender threaten me after I did not respond to his advances. All three male-genders are married, and have held executive titles. I, on the other-hand, was let go from my job, due to lack of work, in 2014, and I have never gained employment since that day. I was assaulted on the job by a female, (family friend to the Executive VP), who then went directly to the Executive’s Office and the two of them stood in the hallway, in front of my door flexing and taunting me.

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