How Different Are Men And Women?


Women apologize more than men. According to a study published in the journal Psychological Science, women don’t do more wrong things, they just think they do because they have a lower threshold for bad behavior than men do. Thirty-three men and thirty-three women kept diaries for 12 days describing incidents in which they apologized or did something that might have warranted an apology. Although the women apologized more readily, the men didn’t avoid apologizing or refuse to admit wrongdoing – if they believed they were wrong. Men and women see “wrong” differently – it’s not that men are “wrongheaded”.

However, when it comes to handling conflict, husbands do it better than wives. After interviewing 373 couples 4 times over a 16-year period, researchers at the University of Michigan concluded husbands are likelier to use constructive strategies to confront conflicts and resolve them by working through the disagreements. Wives are likelier to use more emotional, destructive strategies – such as yelling and withdrawing – which allow conflicts to continue. Although husbands are likely to remain unchanged in how they deal with conflict, over time wives are likely to become more constructive – supposedly increasing the chances of marriages succeeding because 2 constructive heads are better than one.

Women represent 49% of America’s workforce, but they don’t represent 49% of the managers. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office that analyzed 13 industries, the number of women managers increased only 1% – from 39% in 2000 to 40% in 2007. Although the pay gap between female and male managers decreased 2 cents, than still means females earned 81 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. As for working mother managers, they earned 79 cents for every dollar earned by working father managers. There’s obviously a need for equality between managers and “womanagers”.

There’s a need for equality in corporate America where thinner women and fatter men tend to make more money. That’s according to research done by the University of Florida. Researchers found that women weighing 25 pounds less than the group norm for their female coworkers earned about $ 16,000 more a year. A woman weighing 25 pounds more than the group norm earned about $ 14,000 less. For men it was different. Thinner men made almost $ 9,000 less than their average, male coworkers. This is another research project that points out we’re judged by our appearance in the workplace – and we’re still “weighting” for change.


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