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Working mothers who do this can help close the gender wage gap

Working mothers earn less than their childless colleagues, but there’s one way to reduce the wage gap: Flexible work hours.

When women with children were able to work from home or choose their work hours, their wages went up, according to a University of British Columbia study recently published in the journal “Work and Occupations.” The wage gap between both categories of women was reduced by 68% when working mothers could choose their hours, and by 58% when they were able to work from home.

Mothers with postgraduate degrees saw the greatest difference. Those mothers earned 7% less than childless women without flexible hours, but when they did have the flexibility, they earned 12% more compared to childless women who had flexible hours, the study found.

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