Perceptions of gender equality in work-life balance, salary, promotion, and harassment

Results of the NASPGHAN task force survey

Gitit Tomer, Stavra Xanthakos, Sandra Kim, Meenakshi Rao, Linda Book, Heather J. Litman, Laurie N. Fishman

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Objectives: Gender equality in the workplace has not been described in pediatric gastroenterology. Methods: An electronic survey that explored perceptions of career parity, work-life balance, and workplace harassment was sent to all members of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. Reponses were anonymous. Results: Of the 303 respondents (21%), there was an even distribution across geographic region, age, and gender (54% men). Gender affected perception of salary and promotion; 46% of men but only 9% of women feel that "women earn the same as men" (P<0.001). Similarly, 48% of men but only 12% of women feel that "women rise at the same rate as men" (P<0.001). Both genders of academic practice respondents, compared with other practice models, perceived men were promoted more quickly than women (P=0.008). Women had higher dissatisfaction with mentoring than men (29% vs 13%, P=0.03). Significantly more men than women reported spouses with "flexible jobs" (35% vs 14%, P<0.001). Having a spouse with "flexible job" or having children (preschool or school age), however, did not affect satisfaction with work-life balance for either gender. Overall, women are more likely to be dissatisfied with work-life balance than men (P=0.046). Conclusions: Satisfaction with work-life balance is lower among women versus men pediatric gastroenterologists, but does not correlate with flexibility of spouse's job or caring for young children. Gender-divergent perception of promotion, parity of compensation, and mentoring requires further investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-485
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Volume60
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 9 2015

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Salaries and Fringe Benefits
Advisory Committees
Gastroenterology
Spouses
Pediatrics
Parity
Workplace
Work-Life Balance
Surveys and Questionnaires
Preschool Children

Keywords

  • gender equality
  • promotion
  • work-life balance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Perceptions of gender equality in work-life balance, salary, promotion, and harassment : Results of the NASPGHAN task force survey. / Tomer, Gitit; Xanthakos, Stavra; Kim, Sandra; Rao, Meenakshi; Book, Linda; Litman, Heather J.; Fishman, Laurie N.

In: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Vol. 60, No. 4, 09.04.2015, p. 481-485.

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Tomer, Gitit ; Xanthakos, Stavra ; Kim, Sandra ; Rao, Meenakshi ; Book, Linda ; Litman, Heather J. ; Fishman, Laurie N. / Perceptions of gender equality in work-life balance, salary, promotion, and harassment : Results of the NASPGHAN task force survey. In: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2015 ; Vol. 60, No. 4. pp. 481-485.
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