Sadly, many women have to accept that they will be paid less than men for doing the same exact work. They also have to accept that once they have a child, their pay and career is going to be hit harder whereas men's careers tend to take off after fatherhood.
BUT: Good news — looks like there are a few exceptions to the rule! There are 9 jobs where women take the bigger paychecks home.
According to the US Census Bureau, ladies who are taking bigger paychecks home than their male peers work as:
1. Producers and directors.
2. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment
3. Retail buyers except farm products
4. Transportation security screeners
5. Social and human service assistants
6. Special education teachers
7. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers
But don't get too excited! The difference in pay for these jobs isn't that substantial. Yet on the other hand — when men are paid more than women in the same field — the differences are disheartening.
So why are women still not paid equally?
There are three reasons that are usually given by professionals. One is that women want more flexibility with their schedules with things like maternity leave in order to take care of the family, according to a Harvard economist. Secondly, women tend to shy away from negotiating, according to another study. And finally, when women do negotiate or "lean in" they get terrible push back. Harvard conducted a study and found that male evaluators will more likely penalize women who initiate negotiations than if a man initiated. The study also found that women are less willing to go through the negotiation process due to nervousness.