According to a report prepared by the Democratic staff of the Joint Economic Committee; Much has been written about women as wage-earners, particularly the fact that they typically earn less than men. In 2015, a woman with median earnings working full time, year-round earned only 80 percent of what her male counterpart earned. However, it is less well known that women also are disadvantaged as consumers –frequently paying substantially more than men for similar goods and services. Common products and services marketed to women, ranging from razors and soaps to dry cleaning,often cost more than similar products marketed to men. Manufacturers and retailers may claim that the price difference is due to higher costs for producing women’s products or providing services for women, but there is a great deal of evidence that there are significant price differences for practically identical products. In some cases, the only difference is the color. This markup has become known as the“pink tax.”
I have been shocked by some of the differences. Not just prices but in overall treatment and attitudes toward women. I sat in my cubical one day at a job while a vendor made a presentation on credit card processing. I had already written a system to batch process the transactions that was currently saving the organization thousands a month. However I was not invited to a "good old boy" financial committee meeting to discuss changes. My cubical was in direct line of sight of the conference room.
At my very last job I was intimidated (bullied) to make changes that my boss just assumed I would do and not question. I did question. On job interviews I have come face to face with both gender and age discrimination; being told I was over qualified; had an energy level that was too high; would become board and lacked the technical skills needed. You can't be serious on that last item?
The video below is by Vivienne Ming. It is about her personal experience discussing how men generally enjoy preferential treatment. How would she know? Until 2007 the American neuroscientist was a man. She has been analyzing the financial disadvantages of being a woman in the US tech industry. Interesting.