The Catalyst report takes aim at the claim — now almost taken for a truism in business literature - thatwomen don’t ask for promotions and salary increases at the same level as men. According to the Catalyst report, women were actually found to ask more than men for both increased compensation (63% of women to 54% of men) and a higher job position (19% of women and 17% of men) when they moved on from their first job. And yet, despite the popular wisdom that an employee willing to move to a new company has more negotiating power, women who moved around in their career earned an average of $53,472 less than their counterparts who stayed at the same company.
From a report entitled Penalities of Success: Reactions to Women Who Succeed at Male Gender-Typed Tasks
The results, which demonstrated that penalties for
success were exacted when the job was male gender-typed but not
when it was female gender-typed or neutral in gender type, made
clear that success is not in and of itself anathema for women. It is
only when the success implies that gender-stereotypic norms have
been violated that it induces social penalties.
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