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Affirmative action has proven to be a failure for the most part, but liberals love the idea of quotas when it comes to social engineering.

Citing a study that suggests the glass ceiling is more extensive in the penthouse, Jill Yavorsky, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, is calling for the establishment of a gender quota in corporate America for women.

An interesting concept given gender fluidity among today’s Millennials.

The study, “Women in the One Percent: Gender Dynamics in Top Income Positions,” was conducted by Yavorsky, along with co-authors Lisa Keister of Duke University, Yue Qian of the University of British Columbia and Michael Nau of The Ohio State University.

The study analyzed gender income patterns in the one percent — households earning $845,000 or more — and found that marriage is still the main route for women to break into the top one percent of earners.

In an appearance Tuesday on MSNBC, Yavorsky discussed the findings that showed married women are 991 percent more likely than single women to be in a one percent household, compared to married men, who are 70 percent more likely to be in the 1 percent bracket than single men.

“This is very important because there’s a host of research that documents that the top 1 percent have a host of different economic and political advantages,” Yavorsky told anchor Chris Jansing. “And if women’s income is largely inconsequential in the majority of these households, it suggests that men, not women are exercising the vast majority of political and economic influence that we see associated with top 1 percent households.”

Jansing displayed stats on wage disparities between men and women, noting that the majority of income gains over the past 30-40 years have gone to the top one percent of households, with women being such a small part of that group.

“What do we do about this?” she asked.

“So the broader research suggests that we’ve had — seen the least amount of gains at the top, the assistant professor confirmed. “So we’ve had the most difficulty changing gender norms potentially around top income couples.”

As for how to address the gender disparities, she was chock full of ideas.

“We need to pass major federal legislation that would actually jump-start gender progress,” Yavorsky said. “Whether that be gender quotas that would increase the representation of leadership for women, getting basic paid paternity and maternity leave.”

“Also, increasing the access to financial capital and bank loans that women entrepreneurs have would also enable women entrepreneurs to further grow their businesses similar to how men have access to this financial capital,” she continued.

Yavorsky also said there’s a “need to change bias and hostile cultures in high paying male-dominated jobs such as in the finance industry.”

Tom Tillison

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