Understanding the Gender Pay Gap: A Framework that may Help

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The gender pay gap is a persistent concern in the United States, where women make about 82% of what men make for comparable work. The numbers in some states are more extreme (like in Utah where it is 70%), and they range widely from country to country worldwide. Although the existence of the pay gap is indisputable, many still try to discount it or attribute the entire gap to "women's choices." And, I still hear people say that the gender pay gap is a myth and does not exist. In reality, the pay gap does exist but is deeply complicated and has a host of contributing factors. Although, "equal pay for equal work" sounds fairly simple, it is not.

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