Benefits and Compensation

‘Lake Wobegon Effect’ Results in Perception Gap Between Sexes

New data from a survey by PayScale, Inc., addresses male and female perspectives on gender equity and equal opportunity in the workplace and confirms that there is a “perception gap” between the sexes, especially in male-dominated fields such as the tech industry.

Could this gap be the result of the ‘Lake Wobegon effect,’ named after Garrison Keillor’s imaginary town “where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average”? Or is the disparity just a result of unconscious bias?

PayScale compiled this new data set by presenting the 140,000 people who took the employee survey online with two statements and asking them to what extent they agreed or disagreed with each one…

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