The Lesbian Wage Bump


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Why is the gender wage gap narrower for lesbians? Cristen and Caroline investigate why those bigger paychecks happen but probably don't buy an easier time in the workplace.

Episode Sources:

"Why lesbians tend to earn more than heterosexual women" http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2016/02/economist-explains-8

"The surprising reason why lesbians get paid more than straight women" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/02/25/the-surprising-reason-why-lesbians-get-paid-more-than-straight-women/

"Unequal pay: The gay wage gap" http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/06/gay-men-women-lesbian-earnings-wage-gap/396074/

"What explains the lesbian wage premium?" http://bigthink.com/dollars-and-sex/what-explains-the-lesbian-wage-premium

"What's behind the lesbian pay gap?" http://jezebel.com/5719826/whats-behind-the-lesbian-pay-gap

"There may be some truth to the 'gay jobs' stereotype" http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/businessreview/2016/01/18/there-may-be-some-truth-to-the-gay-jobs-stereotype/

"The myth of gay affluence" http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/03/the-myth-of-gay-affluence/284570/

"LGBT women are among most at risk of poverty in America" https://www.americanprogress.org/press/release/2015/03/13/108650/release-lgbt-women-are-among-most-at-risk-of-poverty-in-america/

"Gay money: The truth about lesbian and gay economics" http://joeclark.org/gaymoney/facts/

"The quiet crisis among queer women" http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/08/the-quiet-crisis-among-queer-women/379404/

"Before that sex change, think about your next paycheck" http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/25/before-that-sex-change-think-about-your-next-paycheck/

Academic Insights:

"New patterns of poverty in the lesbian, gay and bisexual community." M.V. Lee Badgett et al. The Williams Institute. June 2013. http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/research/census-lgbt-demographics-studies/lgbt-poverty-update-june-2013/

"LGBT parenting in the United States." Gary J. Gates. The Williams Institute. February 2013. http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/LGBT-Parenting.pdf

Topics in this Podcast: marriage, women in the workplace, relationships, egalitarianism, wage gap, lesbians, lgbt