Gender Inequality: Do men experience gender discrimination?

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Gender Inequality
Thanks for this thought-provoking photo by Kurt Löwenstein of the Educational Center International Team for Wikimedia Commons.

Thanks for this thought-provoking photo by Kurt Löwenstein of the Educational Center International Team for Wikimedia Commons.

Gender discrimination in the workplace takes many forms: unequal pay, promotions denied, getting turned down for a job.

Have you personally experienced any of these? How about others where you work?

Overall, 14% of all Americans say they have been victims of gender-related discrimination, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. The proportions are higher for women and lower for men: 18% of women and 10% of men say they have been discriminated against because of gender.

What are the most common forms of gender discrimination?

For women, unequal pay is more common than being denied promotions or getting turned down for jobs. About 12% of all working women say that they have received less pay than men for doing the same job. Next comes denied promotions: 7% of all working women have experienced this form of gender bias. And, 5% of all working women say that, at some time, they were denied a job due to gender discrimination.

For men, the pattern is different. All three forms are equally common. About 3% of working men report experiencing being paid less than women for doing the same job. The same proportion of working men (3%) say they have been turned down for a job, due to gender bias. And, 3% of working men say they have been denied a promotion due to gender discrimination.

We also see differences by generation. These differences reflect, at least partly, differences in time in the workplace. Baby Boomer women report the highest level, with almost one in four (23%) saying they have experienced gender-based discrimination in the workplace. Eighteen percent of Gen X women and 7% of Millennial women say the same. About 12% of Baby Boomers men report experiencing gender bias, which is about the same as Gen X men (11%). About 7% of Millennial men say they have experienced gender discrimination in the workplace.

Have you personally experienced gender-based discrimination?

If yes, what form did it take?

And, how did you respond?

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