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Posted September 5, 2005
Breaks New Ground
Political correctness has squelched discussion of the supposed pay gap, but Warren Farrell breaks through that barrier to expose the truth behind the 'gap.' He shows quite convincingly that men earn more because they work more, work harder, and work at less desirable jobs. Women, meanwhile, choose quality of life over higher pay. Why Men Earn More is no polemic. Dr. Farrell has carefully researched his subject and presents it in a well reasoned, yet highly readable, conversational style. Dr. Farrell's meticulous research shows in the endnotes there are hundreds of them. I reccomend Why Men Earn More to anyone who has heard that women earn less for the same work that men do. (Guess that's a lot of people.) Dr. Farrell shows that the pay gap exists for a reason, and he shows women how to close it. S. Collins, Ph.D.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 12, 2005
Men¿s movement guru Warren Farrell says don¿t blame discrimination for the gap between men¿s and women¿s salaries. As he teaches women (and men, we suppose) tactics for bagging bigger bucks, he says that men earn more because women have a tendency - or perhaps a biological instinct - to prioritize family over career. Thus, Farrell maintains, women work shorter hours, take more parental leave, and are less productive, less well trained and less committed. If you are a male who has prioritized hearth and home, perhaps you have made some of the same choices that Farrell says cost women higher salaries. The book is full of footnotes, charts, graphs and sidebars, as Farrell cites U.S. Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics data (as well as, occasionally, himself). However, his analysis of the numbers usually hinges more on single studies or interviews, personal experiences, newspaper articles and conversations than on historic, social or economic trends that offer deeper explanations. Farrell outlines some real factors - danger, discomfort, late hours and heavy lifting - which increase the pay for certain jobs. He tells women that they can earn more by entering nontraditional fields. We recommend this book primarily for readers at the start of their careers or in the midst of transitions where lifestyle and financial considerations compete. Though the information about salary-based job searching is practical, if you see the world through egalitarian or feminist lenses, you may find yourself getting a little testy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 12, 2005
A refreshing reality check!
What a wonderful book this is: it boldy documents the little-discussed truth about the differences between the choices men and women make with regard to work and how these differences yield different results in earned income. This book is potentially very empowering for women -- yea, indeed for anyone -- who wishes to earn more. I am a man who works full time as a secretary -- a predominantly female profession -- in a large New York corporate law firm, earning a small fraction of the wages paid to the high-powered attorneys I work for, which includes females. Unlike them, I usually get to leave work at 5:00, I usually sleep 8 hours each night, I have time to go to the gym, and though I must fly economy class when I go away on vacation, at least I am able to take the full amount of vacation time allotted to me each year by our employer (unlike most of the attornyes). Moreover, I am not paid any more or less than any of my fellow secretaries who are female and who are my equals in seniority. Happily, I am not saddled with a narcissistic mindset that insists that I ought to be paid as much as our bosses. It is plainly obvious to me that they work harder, make larger sacrifices for their careers and perform work that is more important than secretaries'. I can enjoy my life, albeit in a modest way, and feel grateful that, because I am single and do not have to support a family, I am essentially free to do as I please. The trade-off is not getting married and having children. I accept the simple reality that one must make choices in life, and thinking I ought to be able to have things any which way I want would be self-defeating, nihilistic nonsense. Dr. Farrell's book cogently supports these perceptions. If money were more important to me than it is, I would follow Farrell's advice. Any person in a similar situation -- male or female -- wanting or needing more income would be well-advised to follow his excellent recommendations.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.