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The Organizational Context of Women's and Men's Pay Satisfaction

Karyn A. LOSCOCCO and Glenna SPITZE
Social Science Quarterly
Vol. 72, No. 1 (March 1991), pp. 3-19
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42862830
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

This paper examines how pay satisfaction is determined through a comparison of female and male factory workers. The results indicate that women and men make similar equity judgments. Previous work has suggested that women are satisfied with low pay because they use other women as referents. Our results show that as women move into gender-balanced work contexts their comparisons with men decrease their satisfaction. This study demonstrates the importance of a contextual approach to the understanding of reference groups, gender, and pay satisfaction.

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