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Taller women 'likely to earn more'

Published 12/04/2010

Taller women earn more money, according to a new survey
Taller women earn more money, according to a new survey

Taller women earn more money than their shorter female colleagues, a poll has found.

Those who stand at a height of at least 5ft 8in are twice as likely to earn more than £30,000 a year and pocket an average of £5,000 more annually, according to the survey.

Asked to give their salary and measurements, a fifth of women (20%) who were paid £30,000 and above were in the tall category compared with 10% of those who were under 5ft 8in.

The research for Long Tall Sally also found that a fifth of females in the over 5ft 8in category saw their height as a source of empowerment and authority while 5% of shorter women felt that.

In addition, it suggested taller women were more comfortable with their bodies, with a quarter saying they would not change anything.

In contrast, nine out of 10 females standing below 5ft 8in were unhappy with how they looked.

Arianne Cohen, author of The Tall Book, said: "Research shows that tall people are consistently more successful in the workplace, not only do they earn more but they're more likely to be in leadership positions.

"As taller people have a downward eyecast when speaking to shorter colleagues, they are instinctively perceived to have authority and confidence - which means those who are taller are respected by their colleagues and bosses, giving them a thriving atmosphere that leads them to more success."

Opinion Matters conducted an online survey of 1,461 females aged over 16.

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