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Survey: Women are Much Less Confident Than Men Over Salary Expectations

Nearly 100 years after women gained the right to vote, gender gap persists.

A new survey conducted as part of the Cengage Student Opportunity Index, shows that while recent college graduates feel good about their job prospects, women are much less confident than men when it comes to salary expectations. 

According to a recent press release, the survey found women are also significantly less optimistic than men about the country’s economic outlook, with a majority reporting they feel the country is on the wrong track.

“The cornerstone of the American dream is that everyone deserves an equal and fair opportunity to succeed,” said Sharon Loeb, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Cengage. “And yet, the persistent gender gap among recent college graduates in areas such as salary expectations underscores that we have more work to do in order to create a level playing field.”

Despite gains in many areas towards equality, gender balance and opportunity, the survey underlines the fact that there is still significant work to be done. For example, Only 40 percent of women feel the U.S. economic outlook is better now than when they started college, compared to 62 percent of men – a whopping 22-point gender gap.

College Media Network Survey: Women are Much Less Confident Than Men Over Salary Expectations
infographic courtesy of Cenage

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