On the surface, women appear to earn less than men -- some estimates say as little as 80 cents on the dollar. But when we look at the data more carefully, we see that this isn't a universal truth for all women and all jobs. In fact, in some jobs, for a variety of reasons, women tend to out-earn men.
Last year, seven women started businesses for every ten men who did the same. So why, then, does the 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) U.S. Report say that there's a "big confidence gap" between male and female entrepreneurs?
With men still dominating careers in technology, it can be difficult for their outnumbered women colleagues to make their voices heard. And here at PayScale, we know how important it is that businesses hire more women into high-tech roles. Due to this knowledge, we reached out to three brilliant female programmers from varying industries so that they could share their personal stories of what it’s really like to be a female working in a field that is overrun by men.