A new study finds that in satisfaction surveys, store customers and medical patients say they prefer white men. Because managers frequently hire and set pay based on customer preferences, that translates into higher salaries for white men peforming the same work as women and POC.
In the study, researchers at four business schools showed study subjects a video featuring either a black male, a white female, or a white male actor playing the role of an employee helping a customer. Those viewing the white male were 19 percent more satisfied with the employee’s performance, and they were also more satisfied with the store’s cleanliness and appearance.
But the actors demonstrated the same scripted behaviors, and the store background, camera angles and lighting were identical.
So, bad news, white guys: Your higher status in society is not necessarily a result of harder work or your superior worth as a human being. The good news – for you – is that people perceive you to be superior anyway, and pay you more!
Another study demonstrates that cultural conditioning, rather than innate abilities, accounts for discrepancies in boys’ and girls’ performance in math.
“We conclude that gender inequality, not lack of innate ability or ‘intrinsic aptitude’, is the primary reason fewer females than males are identified as excelling in mathematics performance in most countries, including the United States,” Janet Hyde and Janet Mertz of the University of Wisconsin in Madison wrote in their report.
Turns out if you raise girls to believe they do not possess good math skills, and discourage them from trying, they will not develop good math skils! The study’s data was pulled from the World Economic Forum’s 2007 Gender Gap Index, which ranks countries according to employment and economic opportunities, education and political opportunities and medical status. The United States ranks 31 out of the 128 nations ranked. We’ve got a long way to go, baby.