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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1st edition (January 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814472109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814472101
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Why do men earn more than women? Because they deserve to, argues this contrarian challenge to feminist conventional wisdom. Men work longer hours at more dangerous and disagreeable jobs. They more readily accept night shifts, hardship postings to Alaska and entrepreneurial risks. Men get in-demand degrees in engineering, while women get degrees in French literature. Female librarians earn less than garbagemen, not because of discrimination, but because so many applicants compete for the safe, clean, comfortable, convenient, fulfilling jobs women prefer. Indeed, the author insists, statistics show that women and men with equal experience and qualifications, doing the same job, for the same hours, under the same conditions-get paid the same. Farrell, author of The Myth of Male Power, usefully points women towards high-paying, male-dominated fields that are becoming female friendly and suggests that ambitious women marry stay-at-home husbands. But he considers men the real victims, taken advantage of because of their innate chivalry and social expectations that they trade earning power for love and sex and be "willing to die to support the wives and children." He decries anti-male discrimination in occupations like teaching, nursing and cocktail-waitressing, and pillories comparable worth initiatives as "spoiled-brat economics." A whole chapter is devoted to "genetic celebrities"-i.e., beautiful women (exemplified in photos of same) whom men shower with free dinners, gifts and home repairs and who "marry up" into cushy lifestyles paid for by workaholic husbands. Ostensibly a road-map to workplace equality, Farrell's portrait of pampered, ungrateful women and stoic, self-sacrificing men may strike some readers as an unhelpful caricature.
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"This book is so good that I'll guarantee it personally. If you are unhappy with it for any reason--just return it to me with your sales receipt and I will send you a prompt refund in full." --Martin Edelston, President, Boardroom, Inc., and Bottom Line publications

"An absolute godsend. Carefully researched, thoughtfully written, and eminently practical. It's not just for women. It's for men and women who, in a global economy, want to know how to earn more. I plan to quote it endlessly." --Richard N. Bolles, author, What Color Is Your Parachute? --Richard Bolles

"Why Men Earn More" will provide much food for thought, no matter where you stand in the pay-gap debate. -- CNN.money, Jeanne Sahadi

"You'll not put this book down.... You'll be treated to an engaging discussion about effective steps to earn more money." -- Mildred Culp, Workwise columnist

"designed to give information in order to make empowering choices that will lead to a more balanced and fulfilling life." -- Erika Welz Prafder, New York Post, March 28, 2005

This book--complete with far more textured, subtle arguments than a column can ever convey--will make you think twice." -- Jeanne Sahadi, senior writer, CNNMoney.com

Why Men Earn More" goes on my reference shelf as a book I will quote and re-read despite disagreements." -- Wendy McElroy, ifeminists.com, February 24, 2005

[the book]does treat an important subject comprehensively,fairly&accurately,drawing on international trends even as it focuses on the United States. --Bloomberg News --Bloomberg News

"Why Men Earn More" will provide much food for thought, no matter where you stand in the pay-gap debate. -- CNN.money, Jeanne Sahadi

"You'll not put this book down.... You'll be treated to an engaging discussion about effective steps to earn more money." -- Mildred Culp, Workwise columnist

"designed to give information in order to make empowering choices that will lead to a more balanced and fulfilling life." -- Erika Welz Prafder, New York Post, March 28, 2005

This book--complete with far more textured, subtle arguments than a column can ever convey--will make you think twice." -- Jeanne Sahadi, senior writer, CNNMoney.com

Why Men Earn More" goes on my reference shelf as a book I will quote and re-read despite disagreements." -- Wendy McElroy, ifeminists.com, February 24, 2005

[the book]does treat an important subject comprehensively,fairly&accurately,drawing on international trends even as it focuses on the United States. --Bloomberg News --Bloomberg News

More About the Author

Dr. Warren Farrell began his research on gender issues in the '60s. His first book, The Liberated Man, was published in 1974. It was from the women's perspective and the feminist perspective. By the '80s, he began noticing that men were feeling misrepresented, and his award-winning national best-seller, Why Men Are The Way They Are, was written to answer women's questions about men in a way that rings true for men. The New York Post calls it "the most important book ever written about love, sex, and intimacy."

By the '90s, Dr. Farrell felt the misunderstandings about men had deepened and become dangerous to the survival of families and love. He confronted the misunderstandings head-on with the award-winning The Myth of Male Power, a book the The Library Journal ranked as "better than Robert Bly's Iron John or any of Betty Freidan's works." (His books are published in over 50 countries in 15 languages.)

By the turn of the century Dr. Farrell wanted to provide the sexes with the tools to communicate-- in particular to hear personal criticism from a loved one, especially when given badly. That was the take-off point for Women Can't Hear What Men Don't Say, a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. By 2001 Dr. Farrell completed research he had been working on for 13 years on the conditions under which children of divorce are most likely to be raised successfully. That book, Father and Child Reunion, has renewed the commitment of many dads to be with their children, and its research has helped judges understand the importance of dads.

Dr. Farrell's most recent research is published as Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap -- and What Women Can Do About It. It documents the 25 differences between men and women's work-life decisions. It was chosen by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top four "great career books to be read in 2006."

Warren has appeared on over 1000 TV and radio shows, and been interviewed frequently by Oprah and Barbara, and by Larry King and Peter Jennings. He has been featured repeatedly on 20/20 and in The New York Times, in People and on Real People, in men's journals and The Wall Street Journal, and on the Today Show, the Tomorrow Show, and even To Tell The Truth.

Warren Farrell's understanding of both sexes is symbolized by his being, on the one hand, on the boards of four national men's organizations, and on the other hand, being the only man in the US to be elected three times to the Board of Directors of the National Organization for Women in New York City. Similarly, he has started over 600 men's and women's groups, and over 200,000 women and men have attended his workshops worldwide. He is the only person chosen to speak at both of former California Governor Wilson's 1995 conferences - his Conference on Men and his Conference on Women.

President Johnson chose Dr. Farrell as one of the outstanding young educators in the United States. (The man's been around for awhile!) He has taught political science, psychology, women's studies and sociology, and most recently taught at the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Diego. Dr. Farrell has been chosen by the International Biographic Centre of London as one of the World's 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 20th Century and, in quite a different take, chosen by the Financial Times as one of the worlds top 100 Thought Leaders. He has also been selected by the Center for World Spirituality as one of the world's spiritual leaders.

Dr. Farrell is in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World, but his best moments are at home. He has two daughters and lives with his wife in Mill Valley, California, and virtually at www.warrenfarrell.com.

Customer Reviews

This book is quite well organized, very easy to navigate and absorb.
Roger E. Herman
Dr. Warren Farrell has again, as in all his previous books, challenged prevailing myths and using logic, statistics and facts, irrefutably addressed and busted them!
Diane J. Sukiennik
Women will find that, if they choose the right career, they will actually earn more than men doing the same job.
Barbara Nemko

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

114 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book seems to generate a lot of contradictory responses, especially from people who are quick to tear apart the author's statistics. While a lot of his statements are indeed based on the numbers (and I could quibble with a few of them myself), I think his premise and conclusion are clear enough: there are things women can do to move ahead in their career, and many women aren't doing those things. That alone makes this book worth your attention.

For example, the author points out that there are some professions that are nearly all male, which women don't seem anxious to enter. Garbage collection, for example. Jobs that involve being outside, dirty, or in danger pay more... and those are held primarily by men. When women DO enter those careers, the professions tend to get safer.

I've been a woman in the computer industry for a long time; I've written and spoken on the subject on a few occasions (including doing my own share of debunking statistics). One statistic offered by the author resonated with me: a person who works 45 hours a week earns 44% more than a person working 40 hours a week. I've seen more women drop their pencils at 5:01pm than I've seen men do so, in my industry; I'm convinced that women who put in a few extra hours will have more career opportunities than those who don't.

All of which feels like a heck of a tangent from "is this a good book? should you fork over your own hard-earned clams to buy it?" But, to the contrary, I think it demonstrates how much this book demands that you RESPOND to it (particularly if you're a women, or work with any women). Even I, who try hard to write dispassionate reviews, feel compelled to give personal anecdotes.

If you come to this book with preconceived notions, this book probably won't change them.
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Pihl on March 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The most important aspect of Dr. Farrell's work is his meticulous citation of his sources. The feminist mantra that women earn a fraction of what men earn is statistically true, but upon closer examination, as Dr. Farrell does, it's not completely true. Gender differences is a very touchy subject and I recommend to anyone who reads this book to read the footnotes - either prove to yourself that it's true or disprove it. The Equal Pay Act (EPA) gives an individual a right to the same contractual pay and benefits as a person of the opposite sex in the same employment, where the man and the woman are doing like work, or work rated as equivalent under an analytical job evaluation study, or work that is proved to be of equal value. I've always wondered that if women did earn less than men why wasn't there a proportionate amount of law suits brought under the EPA? Dr. Farrell answers the question.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel Branden on March 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It is a longstanding observation that we "know" many things that aren't so. One of these things is that women are paid less than men for doing the same work. This is a notion that Warren Farrell devastatingly refutes in his new book. "Why Men Earn More" is more than a book--it's news. It's more than news--it's a revolution in the new thinking it requires of us. Let me emphasize that this is a book about much more than pay or who gets paid more or less for what, important though that issue is. At a deeper level, this is about the underlying relationship between the sexes--and the relationship of the sexes to the marketplace. Lucidly and persuasively written, this is a book that will change both personal lives and government policy--or should. If you read this book and get as excited about it as I am, the next book of Warren Farrell's to read (if you haven't read it already) is "The Myth of Male Power." Warren Farrell is one of our most challenging social and cultural thinkers. He leads us, sometimes, to shocking conclusions, but with scrupulously researched data to support his conclusions. One is a wiser person for reading him.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful By G. Reid on February 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a well-researched book that definitely tells the truth that Companies are not going to pay $1.00 to one worker if another worker is available for 59 cents. It is supply and demand of workers, not gender discrimination.

The author introduces 25 factors of jobs and careers that make the jobs either less desirable or more demanding or both. Some of these factors are long hours, more travel, commission only, irregular hours, high risk, etc. Jobs containing one or more of these factors may pay a bigger paycheck but always at a cost to the worker such as time away from home, longer commute, taking the job home at night, dangerous environment, etc. Pay differences are determined mostly by who is willing to take these "worse" jobs. In fact when all of these 25 factors are controlled so that you have either a man or woman in the same job, the women on average earn the same as men or more than men in about 90 job classifications.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Denise Olaguer on May 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is filled with numerous suggestions on how women can increase their earning power. In fact, "Why Men Earn More" presents at least 25 ways to higher pay.

When I examined the 25 ways to increase pay that are outlined in Dr. Farrell's book, I immediately recognized that these were important tools useful to both men and women.

I am a full-time working woman and mother of a middle school aged child that I raised on my own for most of his life while also holding down a job to support both of us. So of course I am interested in any information that would lead to an increase in my earning power. Aside from my own interest as a working mother, I also want my son to know about these tools when he graduates from school. In fact, I would recommend this book to young people contemplating what to major in while going through their university years, as well as new college graduates entering the work force for the first time.

I wish I had been given this book before deciding to major in lingustics during my college years. I diligently worked through university, earning a B.A. degree upon graduation. Linguistics majors, like literature majors - as pointed out by Dr. Farrell - belong to those social science fields that do not lead to the higher paying jobs that more technological fields offer. I experienced this first hand when I went to work for a civil engineering firm (where I had little use for a B.A. in linguistics) and earned more there than in any of the administrative support jobs I have held over the years. Whenever I scan the employment classifieds, I consistently see higher paying jobs in the technical fields.

Dr. Farrell highlights the difference in outcomes based on work decisions or choices we make.
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