Work values, gender, pay expectations, and the “motherhood penalty”1
 presented by:
Dr. Hilary Lips
Ms. Katie Lawson
Center for Gender Studies Conference Presentation ~ 2008
Abstract. This study investigated the connection between university students’ values and their plans and expectations with respect to career and salary. Analysis of responses to a survey dealing with these issues showed that male participants expected higher peak salaries, valued power more and family less than females. The more participants valued power, the higher the expected peak salary. Participants who valued family were more likely to expect to work fewer hours per week in the first year of employment, fewer weeks throughout the year, and anticipate more time for parental leave, suggesting valuing family is indirectly related to peak salary expectations. These findings suggest that power and family values may, at least indirectly, lay some groundwork for the “motherhood wage penalty:”
  1A poster version of this research was presented at SEPA-2008.
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