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Addressing gender pay gaps for female providers
The gender pay gap is not news. In 2016, a Forbes article pointed out that the healthcare and social assistance industry had the fourth highest gender pay gap behind the finance and insurance; public administration; and professional, scientific, and technical services industries, even though women held 80% of the jobs in the healthcare and social assistance industry. The study was conducted by PayScale and included information collected from 1.8 million employees between October 2014 and October 2016. PayScale also surveyed 80,000 men and women about gender inequity, finding that workplace perceptions of the wage gap varied based on an employee’s education. For example, the report stated, “The higher a woman’s education, the more likely she was to believe that gender inequity was a problem at her organization” (Kauflin, 2016).
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