Carnegie Mellon Press Release: April 22, 2004
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Teresa Thomas

For immediate release:
April 22, 2004

Carnegie Mellon's Open Mind Lecture Series Presents "Women Don't Ask"

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Open Mind Lecture Series presents "Women Don't Ask," 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in the Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A.

Linda Babcock, James M. Walton Professor of Economics at Carnegie Mellon, will present a lecture on her book, "Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide," which was praised by Jim Berrien, president and publisher of Forbes Magazine Group, for its "significant ramifications both in and out of the workplace."

Babcock's book explores women's reluctance to negotiate in both their professional and personal lives. This resistance may lead to a salary loss of more than half a million dollars in potential salary over a lifetime and may create considerable stress in the home. According to Babcock, "Married women who work full time still do two-thirds of the housework and child care. This seems to be because many women don't see these household duties as negotiable, or they don't see intimate relations as an appropriate sphere for negotiating, or because they fear that asking for more help will jeopardize their relationships…. The result is that women as a group tend to have much less leisure time than men, and unlike men their stress levels often jack up dramatically at the end of the work day as they approach their 'second shift.'"

"Women Don't Ask" explores how women's hesitance to negotiate and the societal expectation that women are not or should not be negotiators affects the individual, the workplace, the home, the economy and society as a whole. Babcock proposes recommendations that address these problems.

Information on Babcock's book "Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide" is available at

For more information, contact Niloo Sobhani at 412-268-9510 or


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