New Gender Pay-Gap Studies Are Challenging Conventional Wisdom

  • Using median pay for all workers, women make 21% less than men
  • Adjusted for factors such as hours, gap may be as little as 3%

The U.S. is the only nation in the developed world that doesn’t mandate maternity leave with pay.

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The number is trotted out so often to make a point that it’s become unambiguous: Women in the U.S. earn about 79 cents for every dollar that men do. But recent studies paint a more nuanced picture of the wage gap.

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