New Research: Women Aren’t Paid Less Because They Have More Flexible Jobs

Some argue that the low pay for women is justified by the fact that ‘women’s work’ is generally less strenuous/hazardless work compared to men’s work, and that, in exchange for lower wages, they have better working conditions—especially those that allow a better work-life balance. Some well-meaning scholars argue that women sometimes forego higher pay to have that flexibility in their jobs—an argument sometimes extended to suggest that women voluntarily “choose” lower paying jobs to facilitate their “life choices”—read: to take care of children.

It is true that women tend to work part-time more than men, but this doesn’t mean they’re actually being given the flexibility to set their schedules at work, either in part-time or full-time jobs. Read more here→