Harvard Business Review contains more interesting stuff in its September issue than it has in the past 6 months. In addition to the study of mentorship vs. sponsorship, their Idea Watch section presents a number of factoids regarding the gender wage gap. Men earn more than women for comparable work, but how does parenthood impact salary? According to Amanda K Baumle's work, men are rewarded for parenthood:
Having children tends to result in higher wages for men, whether they’re straight or gay, married or partnered. Women are not so fortunate: Most mothers make less than childless women, according to Amanda K. Baumle of the University of Houston, who analyzed 2000 U.S. Census data. Only lesbians get a salary bump from having kids; in fact, gay women’s earnings advantage from parenthood is even greater than men’s. Baumle’s theory: In employers’ stereotypical view, lesbians maintain a work trajectory after having children that is more like that of a childless woman or a man. Meanwhile, employers’ perception of straight women’s competence drops when they have children, Baumle says.