A new study from the University of Guelph has claimed that young women have considerably lower career expectations than their male counterparts.
The research –published in the journal, Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations – surveyed more than 23,000 Canadian university students about salary and promotion expectations as well as career priorities.
The study concludes that women have lower career expectations, anticipate smaller paycheques and believe they will have to wait longer for promotions.
Commenting on the research findings, co author of the study, Professor Sean Lyons, said: "This study shows that women aren't blissfully ignorant and know the gender gap exists."
"Women know that they currently aren't earning as much as men so they enter the workforce with that expectation. Because they don't expect to earn as much, they likely aren't as aggressive when it comes to negotiating salaries or pay raises and will accept lower-paying jobs than men, which perpetuates the existing inequalities."