Unpacking the Gender Earnings Gap among Uber driver-partners

Source: Stanford University

  • There is a gender pay gap for Uber drivers, but it’s not attributable to discrimination.
  • ⅓ of the gap is due to experience. Men work more hours than women and gather more experience.
  • ½ of the gap is due to driving speed. Men drive 2.2% faster than women.
  • The rest of the gap is due to location. Men, on average, drive in locations with higher surge and lower wait times

The More Gender Equality, the Fewer Women in STEM

Source: The Atlantic

  • Only 27% of Computer Science students in the United States are female just 18% of Computer Science degrees go to women. Meanwhile, in Algeria, where employment discrimination against women is rife, 41% of STEM college graduates are female.
  • According to a paper from the University of Missouri, it could be because women in countries with higher gender inequality are seeking the clearest possible path to financial freedom.
  • Looking at test scores across 67 countries and regions, girls performed about as well or better than boys did on science in most countries. But when it comes to their relative strengths, in almost all the countries boys’ best subject was science, and girls’ was reading.
  • Gender-equal countries have higher “overall life satisfaction” ratings. It’s not that gender equality discourages girls from pursuing science. It’s that it allows them not to if they’re not interested.

Incivility at Work: Is ‘Queen Bee Syndrome’ Getting Worse?

Source: University of Arizona

  • Across the three studies, consistent evidence was found that women reported higher levels of incivility from other women than their male counterparts. In other words, women are ruder to each other than they are to men, or than men are to women.
  • The research showed that women who defied gender norms by being more assertive and dominant at work were more likely to be targeted by their female counterparts, compared to women who exhibited fewer of those traits.
  • Evidence emerged that companies may face a greater risk of losing female employees who experience female-instigated incivility, as they reported less satisfaction at work and increased intentions to quit their current jobs in response to these unpleasant experiences.

DPM&C study finds public servants more likely to hire women

Source: The Canberra Times

  • Researchers found that public servants engaged in positive (not negative) discrimination towards female and minority candidates.
  • Participants were 2.9% more likely to shortlist female candidates and 3.2% less likely to shortlist male applicants. Minority males were 5.8% more likely to be shortlisted and minority females were 8.6% more likely to be shortlisted.
  • Introducing de-identification of applications may have the consequence of decreasing the number of female and minority candidates shortlisted for senior positions.