Women in Non-profits have Lower Salary Expectations

According to a recent Chronicle survey, young workers in the non-profit sector have vastly different salary expectations by gender. This comes in addition to the gender pay gap which is realized in the non-profit sector as well as across the workforce as a whole.

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Women early in their non-profit careers are seen to earn less than their male counterparts overall. (That’s not to say that some women do earn more than their male counterparts, but that the overall trend shows men occupying the higher earning positions on the graph). This translates to salary expectations, as seen in the second graph. Women are much less likely to aspire to a high salary than men in the same sector with similar levels of experience.


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What causes this discrepancy? Well, a lower current salary is certainly a factor. As is salary negotiation: aggression is not a stereotypically feminine trait, meaning that women are often at a disadvantage when it comes to negotiating– especially against a male superior. We also think self-esteem is a big issue here. Women are more prone to undervaluing themselves and their work because society still does.

Do you agree with these factors? Can you think of other reasons women may have lower salary aspirations? What can we do to encourage women to aim higher?


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