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Kalamazoo Professor says gender gap caused by many factors


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- A WMU Professor says women are partly to blame for the gender gap in pay.

It’s estimated that for every dollar a man earns, a woman is paid about 82-cents on average.

The gap has closed a little over the years but not much.

The careers they choose, sexism and tradition are often blamed but WMU Marketing Professor James Eckert says women are partly responsible.

He say they would get paid more if they just asked for more. He says studies show the assumptions men and women make are completely different. Women assume they will be recognized and rewarded, men recognize they won’t get rewarded unless they ask for it.

He says he sees it happen all the time with his former students as they enter the work force and there is more emphasis now on teaching assertiveness to women so they will literally go for the gold.