Female MBAs seeing less pay, lower job levels and fewer key career opportunities: Survey

Women also facing ‘unconscious bias,’ men-dominated workforce, say recent studies
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/28/2014

Women MBA grads are being short-changed, according to a report by Catalyst Canada. High-potential Canadian women earn $8,167 less than men in their first post-MBA jobs, start out at a lower job level (72 per cent of women versus 58 per cent of men) and are offered fewer career-accelerating work experiences and international postings.

At its most basic, we’re valuing women and men differently, according to Alex Johnston, executive director at Catalyst Canada in Toronto, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for women in business.

“We’re looking at people with similar qualifications, similar work experience going into their MBA, similar industries, so it’s not ‘Oh, one’s going into HR and one’s going into corporate finance.’ We’re really putting similar people beside each other.”