Making the Grade

Report cards are going home in a few short weeks.  Boys in high school who receive marks in the 60 percent range will make more money, on average, than girls who receive marks in the 90 percent range.  If you want to make more money, it helps to be a white male. 

According to a study by researchers at the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University, the better your grades are in high school, the more money you are likely to make later in life.  But gender matters even more than grades.  Women with a 4.0 GPA in high school make less, on average, than men with a 2.5 GPA.  The study was based on more than 10,000 students. 

The same study found that women receive better percentage pay increases than men as their grades improve but the increases aren’t enough for women to catch up to men.  This confirms other studies that show women earn less than their male counterparts even when they have similar qualifications. 

The Economic Policy Institute in the U.S. says that the wage gap begins as soon as women enter the workforce.  High-school and college-educated women earn less than men with the same degrees, and that gap widens as women advance in their careers.  This is because women sometimes take time off to have and raise children.  It’s also because women often face conscious and unconscious bias as they climb the corporate ladder. 

Some insist we have full gender equity in the western world in the 21st century. 

Who are we trying to kid? 

This is our last blog post for the 2013/14 school year.  We'll start our weekly posts back up again when we return in September. 

Wishing you all a wonderful summer vacation.  May it be relaxing, joy-filled, healthy and fun! 

Debbie L. Kasman

Principal Newcastle Public School and Author of Lotus of the Heart:  Reshaping the Human and Collective Soul