The figure above is of particular interest because of all the professions, pharmacists have the least gender discrimination. Women earn up to 92% of what men make as a pharmacist. Some factors that may be included in that 8% gap is that men may be more willing to take on managerial positions, and climb up the ladder to possibly, a CEO position. Women may stray away from these upper management positions due to the stress that comes with it and also with goals of starting a family, which leads to the topic of maternity leave. Women may take a longer time off to start a family, whereas men may also take paternity leave, but not nearly as long as women’s maternity leave.
Although, there seems to be a gender discrimination gap overall, according to the article, it is important to note the underlying factors mentioned. It is definitely more complicated than just “equal pay for equal work.”
Posted by: Katherine Tang, PharmD Candidate 2015