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Posted by: Chelsea Bennett on Nov 20, 2018

Women have up to one-and-a-half year’s extra education, and a full year’s extra workforce experience than what is required for their job, an Australian researcher reports on CNN. RMIT University research fellow Leonora Risse labels this as an “overinvestment” in skills and capabilities. The article notes that men over-invest by up to 4 percent; however, women over-invest by up to 11 percent.  The research indicates that women’s overinvestment in themselves is not due to lower confidence nor directly connected to motherhood and childcare responsibilities. Instead, it points toward “implicit biases woven throughout workplace dynamics that create higher hurdles for women to clear along the career ladder.” Examples of these high hurdles include differences in salary between men and women with university degrees, which also includes high-earning disciplines like law, economics and medicine. Additionally, survey data reveals that women are not receiving the same outcomes as men when they ask for a promotion.  Risse concludes that women may be internalizing the need to over-invest and make certain they meet all job criteria prior to applying for jobs and seeking promotions, a behavior less commonly seen among men.