We have yet more research showing how much less women make than men, but this time we’re talking doctors.
A study released this morning in the February issue of Health Affairs, a health care policy publication, found the gender gap in physician salaries is actually growing, not getting better. For newly trained doctors women were paid $16,819 less than their male counterparts in 2008, up from $3,600 nearly a decade ago.
The research was based on nearly 10,000 men and women who finished up their training in New York State, which has more residency programs and resident doctors than any other state
“What is surprising is that even when we account for specialty and hours and other factors, we see this growing unexplained gap in starting salary,” said Anthony Lo Sasso, a professor and senior research scientist at the School of Public Health of the University of Illinois at Chicago. “The same gap exists for women in primary care as it does in specialty fields.”
This is a slap in the face of many who get on their soap boxes and claim women are to blame for being short-changed in their paychecks. Just yesterday, @yalechk on Twitter sent me yet another lamebrained blog post on how women don’t work as hard or as long as men, and have the nerve to become mothers, and that’s why we still have the wage gap. We were both steaming about it. I usually link to such posts, but you know, I don’t want to give this person any more traffic than she’s gotten.
Yes, she. I blogged yesterday about how we have to stop expecting less from the workplace just because we’re women and surprisingly it’s sometimes our gal pals that espouse this male-generated propaganda.
This report proves we have a fight on our hands gals. We can’t just roll over and find solace in the bull that we’re to blame for being treated like second-class workplace citizens. (more…)