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Working Hours And Gender Equality

Working Hours And Gender Equality

Inflexible working hours could be making gender inequality worse. Fields with inflexible work hours like law and finance have the biggest gender wage gaps. While the gap is smaller in those with more flexibility.

Male and female university graduates earn about the same when they start working in any given field. But inequalities grow as they progress in their careers. The way many industries are structured means flexible roles often pay lower wages.

Men tend to take these roles less often because they feel they have less need for flexibility. Whereas women often prefer flexibility as they more frequently have priorities outside of the office.

This increases the gender pay gap in these industries. Companies wanting to close the gender wage gap should look at becoming more flexible. These are the findings of a study by Harvard economist Claudia Goldin