Salt Lake Tribune: Piety and Pay - Why religious states like Utah have larger gender wage gaps

07 Jan 2021
An AMJ study points to three general areas in which religions distinguish gender roles: social domain, sexuality and agency.

Originally found at The Salt Lake Tribune, by Becky Jacobs.

The gender wage gap is closing at a slower rate in Utah and other states considered to be more religious than in more secular states.

But there are ways to fix that, researchers say, and the remedies start by being aware that piety can affect pay.

Each of the six major world religions — Buddhism, Christianity, Folk, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism — promotes differentiated gender roles for men and women, which shape social norms, including in the workplace, according to “The Hidden Cost of Prayer: Religiosity and the Gender Wage Gap,” published in October in the Academy of Management Journal.

“It’s not that one religion is better or worse, with respect to the gender wage gap. ... It’s just whether religion is crucial to people’s day-to-day,” said Elizabeth M. Campbell, an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Work and Organizations, who co-wrote the study with University of Colorado Denver associate professor Traci Sitzmann.

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