What knowing that you make less money because you’re a woman does to your brain, according to science
Having more money and a higher status than others can be good for your health.
Powerful people have what’s known as a “stress buffer” that reduces fear and helps them perform better.
Recent research suggests that people who perceive themselves as unfairly compensated may internalize the feelings of lower status and can suffer from bad health as a result.
The stress can create chemical changes in the brain that promote long-term health problems.
Reports about the persistent gender pay gap have proliferated in recent weeks.
Michelle Williams reportedly got paid 0.0006% of what Mark Wahlberg did to re-shoot scenes in their upcoming movie “All the Money in the World.” As USA Today reported, Williams received less than $1,000 for her work, while Wahlberg raked in $1.5 million.
Meanwhile, new “Today” co-anchor Hoda Kotb says she’s definitely not making what she called “Matt Lauer money”. Lauer likely made around $10 million a year before he was fired from the network for inappropriate sexual behavior at work, NBC said. According to People, Kotb said her new salary is “not even close”.
At the BBC, Carrie Gracie, a senior editor in China, quit her job earlier this month because she said the company had a “secretive and illegal” salary system that systematically paid men more, as The New York Times reported.
On average, women in the US make around .79 cents on the dollar compared to men doing the same work. For black women, the number may be even lower — the Economic Policy Institute estimates they make .67 cents for every dollar a white man doing the same work would be paid.
Knowing that you make less money than someone doing the same kind of work can mess with your brain.
Scientists have known for years that powerful, high-status people derive …read more
Source:: Business Insider