“The gender wage gap is a many-tentacled hentai monster. What is its primary driver? Is it choice of career? Education? Lack of mentors and sponsors? Familial commitments? The high cost of childcare? Lopsided domestic duties? Ingrained sexist attitudes in the culture? Unconscious bias during the hiring process? Biological differences in the brain?
Research demonstrates that it’s almost certainly a gnarly combination of all of the above. But there’s another element that doesn’t get much attention, and that’s fear of rape and sexual assault. Harassment and isolation are known contributing factors for so-called “pipeline” problems, but I’m talking about something that goes even beyond that. There are instances where the threat of rape acts as a professional barrier to women.”
“Like the “salary requirements” questions, the “current salary” question is used by recruiters to save the potential company some serious cash, and get you for as cheap as possible. That’s literally the only reason they could possibly have for asking a question that has nothing to do with your experience, skills, or potential. This question can cripple you, derail you, and leave you feeling extremely deflated and panicked. Don’t fall for it.
Here’s how to handle an infuriating question with grace (and without burning any bridges.)”