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U.S. Women Had to Work 42 More Days to Earn What Men Did in 2020

In a devastating year for women in the labor market, the gender pay gap didn’t budge. 

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As droves of women left the workforce last year, those who managed to hold onto their jobs made 84% of what men earned, according to a Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.

In other words, women in the U.S. would have to work an additional 42 days to pull in the same amount of money as men did. That gap remained unchanged from a year earlier, found Pew, which analyzed median hourly earnings for full- and part- time workers.