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Beauty = Higher Paying Job?


We all know life isn’t fair. So accept that before you read on.

How you look equates to how you may be treated at the office.

According to a study by Yale psychologist Marianne LaFrance women with medium-length hair was equated with communicating “intelligence” at the workplace. Hair which was too long and sexy made women look less smart and professional. Ditto for hair which was too short and boyish.

In another study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, researchers found that there’s a “pretty premium” – with beautiful people tending to earn 5% more an hour than “their less comely colleagues.” Plus, another study also showed that the wage differential for obesity seems to be limited to “white women.” Of this group, those considered “obese” in terms of their body mass index (BMI) in both 1981 and 1988 earned 17% less than women within their recommended BMI range!

As if we women didn’t have enough to think about!

This entry was posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2007 at 11:25 am by Jeanne Muchnick. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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Jeanne MuchnickJeanne Muchnick is a multi-tasking mama who's been writing about her two girls ever since they were born. She's the former Editor of Baby Magazine turned InTown Senior Editor whose parenting stories have also appeared in a variety of national consumer magazines including Woman's Day, Healthy Kids, Parents, Parenting, Pregnancy, FamilyFun and more. She lives in Larchmont, NY with her two girls: Corey, 14 and Sydney, 11, her husband, Mark and her flat coated retriever, Chip.
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MitchamMary Lynn Mitcham, the editor-in-chief of InTown Westchester, is new to the mom scene. Her son, Owen, was born on the Fourth of July, 2006. Needless to say, she's still trying to figure out how to get herself - and her son - dressed and fed and still make it on time to work. Before she joined InTown and motherhood, she worked as a senior editor at Travel Holiday magazine and has freelanced for several publications including Parenting, Adoptive Families, Bridal Guide, Boating, Men's Fitness, and more. She lives in Westchester with her new baby and her husband, Adam.
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