A Study of Career Aspirations and Expectations of College Seniors

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Careers, career planning, college, business, gender, gender pay gap


Business | Economics | Higher Education | Human Resources Management | Social and Behavioral Sciences


The explanation of differences in earnings between men and women has long been heavily debated. Historically, the existence of gender-based discrimination in the workplace has been seen in compensation and occupational choice. For example, until the 1960's, women were not only paid significantly less then man, but were limited by societal perceptions and employers in their occupational choices. Today there exists a collection of legal and social policies which hold all members of society have equal access to and equal opportunity an treatment in employment. Together, the 5th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Civil Right Act of 1871, and the Equal Pay Act of 1963 lay the foundation for equality for women by requiring that women receive equal pay as men when the work requires equal skills, effort, responsibility and is performed under similar working conditions. However, this legislation does allow for legitimate non-gender differentials in productivity such as performance quality, piece-rate systems of pay and other non-gender factors such as seniority.

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Business Administration

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