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Simple Solutions To Get More Women In The Game

2017-04-22
It turns out that girls who attended a single-sex school were far more likely than girls from coed schools to choose to compete

Simple Solutions To Get More Women In The Game

Simple Solutions To Get More Women In The Game

Research has repeatedly shown that women are less likely to compete than their male counterparts, and women especially tend to shy away from competing with men. Since competing at work is often a precursor to climbing the corporate ladder, women's careers  may suffer as a result of this reluctance to compete. However, new research offers some promising solutions to get more women in the game.


Men Like To Compete More Than Women

There’s an abundance of evidence indicating that men like to compete more than women, and women’s lack of willingness to compete is often cited as a major contributor to the lingering gender pay gap.   While the aversion toward competition certainly doesn’t apply to all girls and women, it has been widely replicated in several different countries and with both children and adults.

There are several ways to study competition, but typical studies give participants a choice as to whether they would prefer to paid piecemeal for completing a task (often something like completing a maze), or if they would like to enter a tournament with about three other participants. In the tournament, the winner (the person who completes the most mazes) gets more than twice as much money per maze completed, but the others get nothing. Despite the fact that neither men nor women have superior maze completing skills, men choose to enter the tournaments in much greater numbers than women. 

Research has repeatedly shown that women are less likely to compete than their male counterparts, and women especially tend to shy away from competing with men. Since competing at work is often a precursor to climbing the corporate ladder, women's careers  may suffer as a result of this reluctance to compete. However, new research offers some promising solutions to get more women in the game.


Men Like To Compete More Than Women

There’s an abundance of evidence indicating that men like to compete more than women, and women’s lack of willingness to compete is often cited as a major contributor to the lingering gender pay gap.   While the aversion toward competition certainly doesn’t apply to all girls and women, it has been widely replicated in several different countries and with both children and adults.

There are several ways to study competition, but typical studies give participants a choice as to whether they would prefer to paid piecemeal for completing a task (often something like completing a maze), or if they would like to enter a tournament with about three other participants. In the tournament, the winner (the person who completes the most mazes) gets more than twice as much money per maze completed, but the others get nothing. Despite the fact that neither men nor women have superior maze completing skills, men choose to enter the tournaments in much greater numbers than women. 

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Source: Forbes
It turns out that girls who attended a single-sex school were far more likely than girls from coed schools to choose to compete

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