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May 16, 2016

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Women in Elite Jobs Face Stubborn Pay Gap | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) | May 17, 2016

Women earn less than men. New research shows that the discrepancy is even more pronounced among highly educated positions and “white-collar” jobs. This is because these jobs often pay larger financial rewards for long hours and frequent job-hopping, two factors where child-bearing women often can’t compete with their male counter-parts. Additionally, among some less-educated or specialized professions, there is greater pay parity because employers can more easily substitute one worker for another. Read more

Serving on Boards Helps Executives Get Promoted | Harvard Business Review (subscription required) | May 20, 2016

A recent study into the motivations behind board service found that serving on a board increases an executive’s likelihood of being promoted as a first-time CEO to an S&P 1500 firm by 44%. Further, even if the executive was not promoted, the study found that serving boosts subsequent annual pay by 13%. As the number of CEOs willing to serve on outside boards has tempered since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, an opportunity has opened for executives below the CEO level to step in to fill the void and enjoy the career benefits associated with board service. Read more

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