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In search of the 75 cents‐on‐the‐dollar woman

Matthew Valle (Chairman of the Department of Business Administration, Elon University, Elon, NC 27244, USA)

Equal Opportunities International

ISSN: 0261-0159

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



Although the data concerning the causes, and more importantly, the magnitude, of the gender‐wage gap arerelatively clear from empirical research in economics and business, significant misconceptions still exist. It is a general belief that a woman will earn significantly less for doing the same work as a man, 75 cents as compared to a man’s dollar. Following a review of the empirical literature describing the causes and magnitude of the gender‐wage gap, an exploration of the portrayal of the gender‐wage gap in management texts seeks to understand how this issue is explained to a student audience. Finally, the managerial implications concerning compensation management in organisations are discussed.



Valle, M. (2004), "In search of the 75 cents‐on‐the‐dollar woman", Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 23 No. 6, pp. 31-37.



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