Research published in the American Sociological Review found a strong preference in top law firms for hiring men of privilege. Using carefully constructed made-up resumes, privileged men had a 16% call-back rate, 4X that for privileged and less-privileged women and less-privileged men combined. Interviews with hiring attorneys revealed they perceived women to be “biding time” before leaving their careers to have a family and that lower class men were better off in public service.
The 2016 World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report puts numbers to progress on reducing gender disparities in health, education, economy and politics. It found in “economic participation,” the gap has been widening, rather than narrowing, since 2013, and has now reverted to the 2008 level. By its calculation, if trends continue, the global economic gender gap will not close for 170 years. In the US alone, attaining gender parity could add up to $1.2 trillion in 16/