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Why Can't a Woman Earn as Much as a Man? [electronic resource]

BBC Worldwide Ltd
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
In terms of lifetime earning power, most women earn far less than their male colleagues do. What lies at the root of the pay gap? The answer is neither simple nor definitive, as this program reveals. Research leads hosts Sophie Raworth and Justin Rowlatt - each a parent with young daughters - on a not-so-merry chase to see what the future may hold for their children. Stops along the way include a meeting regarding a class action suit brought by women for lost wages due to unfair salary practices; a group job interview that prompts discussion of a double standard regarding assertiveness in women and men; same-sex and coeducational schools, to see how gender stereotyping influences career choice; and a medical facility where a brain activity assessment is used to seek insights into potential physiological differences in how women and men process tasks. Also addressed is the question of whether so-called typical female qualities - empathy and openness, to name two - align women with work that is less valued, monetarily speaking, by the job market.
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59 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Feb. 20, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
The Trouble with Working Women: An Inquiry into Inequality Between the Sexes
Trouble with working women
  • Why Can't a Woman Earn as Much as a Man? (2:30)
  • What Causes the Difference in Pay? (0:55)
  • Can Women Have it All? (2:37)
  • Do Beauty Pageants Encourage Sexism? (1:00)
  • Effect of Babies on the Gender Pay Gap (2:00)
  • A Woman's Place Was in the Home (1:28)
  • Female Bread Winners (1:33)
  • Demanding Equal Pay (1:15)
  • Equal Pay Act (1:35)
  • Are Men Still Seen as the Main Bread Winners? (0:57)
  • Segregated Job Market (1:10)
  • An Equal Pay Claim (2:09)
  • Why Aren't Women Getting What They are Owed? (1:35)
  • Mixed Gender Student Stereotype Experiment (1:35)
  • Do Girls Stereotype Themselves? (1:44)
  • Single Gender Student Stereotype Experiment (1:45)
  • Benefits of Single Sex Schools (1:09)
  • Gender Pay Gap Continues (1:28)
  • Gender Injustice in Charity (0:48)
  • How Do Women Value Themselves? (1:24)
  • Different Standards for Men and Women (2:47)
  • Experiences with Unequal Pay (0:59)
  • Are Men More Pushy in the Work Place? (1:16)
  • Do Women Choose to Earn Less? (2:04)
  • What is More Important, Rate of Pay or Job Satisfaction? (0:53)
  • Can Gender Affect Performance at Work (1:55)
  • Undergoing MRI Scan (1:53)
  • Brain Scan Results (2:05)
  • Are Men and Women Equal? (0:55)
  • Communication and Empathy in Business (2:14)
  • Leadership Course at McDonald's (2:16)
  • Working After Children (1:07)
  • Institutional Discrimination (2:00)
  • Is it Still a Man's World? (0:42)
  • Life of a House Husband (2:57)
  • What Does it Mean to Have it All? (2:53)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2009.
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  • 41290s Films Media Group
  • 41292 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (59 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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