A recent study by the American Association of University Women suggests that there is “no statistically significant” difference in earnings between males and females with careers in math, computer, and physical science, as well as engineering.
The report, titled “Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation,” claims it controlled for hours, occupation, college major, employment sector, and “other factors associated with pay.” If true, this is huge news for the gender equality epidemic that’s been plaguing tech for decades.
But a counter-report argues that authors Christianne Corbett, a senior researcher at AAUW, and Catherine Hill, AAUW’s director of research, did not present the data properly. Guan looked at the report in detail and stated that “female engineers make about 11% less than men one year out of college,” which the blog adds may be “statistically significant,” which further goes against Corbett and Hill’s report.
“It’s still a mystery how they arrived at the conclusion that there’s no difference, or why they created a misleading chart, or whether they performed a full analysis of the gender gap by occupation, and if so, why the results are not reported. And if we don’t control for these things, what’s the point of using a small study that only has data for earnings one year after graduation?” ponders Guan.
“I do think it’s safe to say that this study, as reported, does not have enough evidence to conclude anything about occupational gender gaps, whether it’s for earnings one year after graduation or at any other time in workers’ careers,” the counter-report concludes.