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Why Men Earn More Hardcover – Jan 19 2005

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (Jan. 19 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814472109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814472101
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #282,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why do men earn more than women? Because they deserve to, argues this contrarian challenge to feminist conventional wisdom. Men work longer hours at more dangerous and disagreeable jobs. They more readily accept night shifts, hardship postings to Alaska and entrepreneurial risks. Men get in-demand degrees in engineering, while women get degrees in French literature. Female librarians earn less than garbagemen, not because of discrimination, but because so many applicants compete for the safe, clean, comfortable, convenient, fulfilling jobs women prefer. Indeed, the author insists, statistics show that women and men with equal experience and qualifications, doing the same job, for the same hours, under the same conditions-get paid the same. Farrell, author of The Myth of Male Power, usefully points women towards high-paying, male-dominated fields that are becoming female friendly and suggests that ambitious women marry stay-at-home husbands. But he considers men the real victims, taken advantage of because of their innate chivalry and social expectations that they trade earning power for love and sex and be "willing to die to support the wives and children." He decries anti-male discrimination in occupations like teaching, nursing and cocktail-waitressing, and pillories comparable worth initiatives as "spoiled-brat economics." A whole chapter is devoted to "genetic celebrities"-i.e., beautiful women (exemplified in photos of same) whom men shower with free dinners, gifts and home repairs and who "marry up" into cushy lifestyles paid for by workaholic husbands. Ostensibly a road-map to workplace equality, Farrell's portrait of pampered, ungrateful women and stoic, self-sacrificing men may strike some readers as an unhelpful caricature.
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Bloomberg News: ""Why Men Earn More does treat an important subject comprehensively, fairly and accurately, drawing on international trends even as it focuses on the United States.""

Marty Nemko, Career Coach, U.S. News & World Report online ( chose Why Men Earn More as one of ""Five great career books to read in 2006.""

Jeanne Sahadi, senior writer, ""I don't usually use this column to recommend books, but Why Men Earn More will provide much food for thought, no matter where you stand in the pay-gap debate... This book - complete with far more textured, subtle arguments than a column can ever convey - will make you think twice."""
"Farrell's tome is a huge step forward in understanding a bit more about a most perplexing problem.'
-Frequent Flyer
"... a fascinating read.'
-Wendy McElroy,
"... will make you squeamish... .in a good way. Knowing the facts (there are a lot in this book) only empowers you.'
-Downtown Women's Club

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