Gender wage gap and its associated factors: An examination of traditional gender ideology, education and workplace

Danice Lynn Langdon, Fayetteville State University

Abstract

The gender wage gap is a core issue in the economic inequality and widespread poverty of women and their families, and a prevalent feature of the U.S. labor force. With a focus on an underexplored factor, traditional gender ideology, this study examined gender-base wage disparities through the framework of gender equity and human capital theory. The 2010 General Social Survey (N = 2,044) was used to assess how traditional gender ideology affects wages. Utilizing logistic regression analysis, the criterion variable, wages was regressed on gender, traditional gender ideology, education, occupation, while age, marital status, race, and religiosity were held constant. The results suggest that education, occupation, age, race and traditional gender ideology are good predictors of gender wage gap. The results also suggest that approximately 30% of respondents hold the traditional gender ideological beliefs. More information is needed to correct this persistent problem of wage gap and for policy improvement in organizations and government. Until we address the enduring belief systems that people hold, the problem of gender wage gap will continue.^

Subject Area

Women's Studies|Sociology, General|Gender Studies

Recommended Citation

Langdon, Danice Lynn, "Gender wage gap and its associated factors: An examination of traditional gender ideology, education and workplace" (2012). ETD Collection for Fayetteville State University. AAI1524764.
http://digitalcommons.uncfsu.edu/dissertations/AAI1524764

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