Study Suggests Gender Can Be More of a Factor Than Race When Negotiating a Raise

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The Harvard Business Review recently shared a study about the dynamics of gender’s intersection with race when it comes to asking for raises in the workplace, and women across the board lose out.

Kerry Jones, Marketing Manager at research team Fractl, discovered that though overall white males are most likely to ask for a raise, men of any race generally leave behind their female counterpart. In the percentage of people who have asked for a raise surveyed, 75.5 % of white men had, versus 49.6% of white women. Of black men surveyed, 64.9% had asked for a raise versus 47.4% of black women. The racial/gender group that appeared least likely to ask for a raise were Asian women, at just 40.8%, with Asian men at 51.8%.

There was also a disparity in who said they felt comfortable asking for a raise against who actually did, with 69.9% of black men, for example, saying that they’d be fine with it. This may be because people are generally more comfortable asking for raises from someone of the same race or gender as themselves, and the more of a minority you are the less likely you are to find management who you identify with. Jones writes:

More than a third of female respondents believe they’ve been passed up for a raise on account of their gender or race. Perhaps women feel they are less likely to be rejected if the person across the negotiation table looks like them. While white women were most likely to think their gender played a role in a denied raise request, non-white women were more likely to believe a raise was denied due to their race or a combination of factors.

Contributing Writer, writing my first book for the Dial Press called The Lonely Hunter, follow me on Twitter @alutkin

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a professional working in STEM and I’ve never felt like asking for a raise was even on the table. The way all of my employers have talked, they might have to start sacrificing buying our bathrooms TP to keep the doors open. You know, despite growth and profit. The benefits have always sucked too(minimal retirement matching, expensive high deductible insurance plans, etc)