At a time when women constitute half of the educated workforce and earn the majority of advanced degrees yet are earning less and occupying fewer senior positions, why are they being served up the message that they’ve in fact got it made–i.e., that men are “over” and women are on top? In this groundbreaking book, Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett address the “soft war” of insidious biases and barriers that are preventing women from advancing in their careers.
For the first time in history, women make up half of the educated labor force and are earning the majority of advanced degrees. It should be the best time ever for women, and yet. . . . it’s not. Storm clouds are gathering, and the worst thing is that most women don’t have a clue what could be coming. In large part this is because the message they’re being fed is that they now have it made. But do they?
In The New Soft War on Women, respected experts on gender issues and the psychology of women Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett argue that an insidious war of subtle biases and barriers is being waged that continues to marginalize women. Although women have made huge strides in recent years, these gains have not translated into money and influence. Consider the following:
- Women with MBAs earn, on average, $4,600 less than their male counterparts in their first job out of business school.
- Female physicians earn, on average, 39 percent less than male physicians.
- Female financial analysts take in 35 percent less, and female chief executives one quarter less than men in similar positions.