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Are Women to Blame for the Salary Gap in Tech?

Posted on 3.15.2016

There's been a great deal of discussion over the past few years about pay inequality and the technology industry is no different at all.

Data released recently from Woo, a platform that lets technology talent gauge their market value, reveals that women in tech may be underestimating their market value.

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Woo found that while women and men actually have an equal appetite for risk, women ask for 16 percent less salary than men for the same positions.

Other highlights from Woo data on gender equality in the U.S. tech sector include:

+ Men and women are nearly equal risk-takers: 77.4 percent of women are ready to work in startups, vs. 82.3 percent of men. 
+ More men are asking to work from home than women: 14 percent of women vs. 18.5 percent of men 
+ More men are asking for flex hours than women: 10.2 percent of women, vs. 12.8 percent of men

“This data shows that, while women are looking to compete equally - and certainly aren’t asking for any special treatment - they may be short-changing themselves by underestimating their market worth,” said Woo CEO and co-founder, Liran Kotzer. “Companies need to provide equal opportunity, but - at the same time - women in tech need to understand and ask for the salary and benefits that they deserve.”

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