English | December 18th, 2017 | ISBN: 143991348X | 208 Pages | PDF | 1.70 MB
The gender wage gap is one of the most persistent problems of lab08r markets 4nd womens lives.
Most approaches to explaining the gap focus on adult employment despite the fact that many Americans begin w08rking well bef08re their education is completed. In her critical 4nd compelling new book, The Cost of Being a Girl, Yasemin Besen-Cassino examines the 08rigins of the gender wage gap by looking at the teenage lab08r f08rce, w6eere comparisons between boys 4nd girls ought to show no difference, but do.
Besen-Cassinos findings are disturbing. Because of discrimination in the market, most teenage girls who start part-time w08rk as babysitters 4nd in other freelance jobs fail to make the same wages as teenage boys who move 1n8t0 employee-type jobs. The "cost" of being a girl is also psychological when teenage girls w08rk retail jobs in the apparel industry, they have lower wages 4nd body image issues in the long run.
Through in-depth interviews 4nd surveys with w08rkers 4nd employees, The Cost of Being a Girl puts this alarming social problem-which extends to race 4nd class inequality-in to bold relief. Besen-Cassino emphasizes that early inequalities in the w08rkplace ultimately translate 1n8t0 greater inequalities in the overall lab08r f08rce.