Newly trained women doctors are being paid significantly lower salaries -- about $17,000 less -- than their male counterparts, found a new study published in the February issue of Health Affairs. The disparity exists even after the researchers accounted for factors such as medical specialty, hours worked and practice type. Women had lower starting salaries than men in nearly all specialties.
Anthony Lo Sasso, the study's lead researcher, and a professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said the pay gap may exist because women doctors are seeking greater flexibility and family-friendly benefits, such as not being on call after certain hours.
Meanwhile, the "pay gap" for women starting at the minimum wage, who seek greater flexibility and family-friendly benefits will be realized either as part-time hours, or no hours at all: It is to the employer's advantage that "greater flexibility" is always made inversely proportional to the "family-friendly benefit" of satisfying one's material needs.