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The gender wage gap is much worse than you think

The idea that women make 80 cents for each dollar men earn is one of those depressing statistics that many have internalized as a fact of life. But here’s a question for Mother’s Day, May 12: What if the situation is actually much worse?

That’s the finding of a recent report by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Traditionally, researchers and officials have estimated the gulf between men and women’s earnings by looking at how much women working year-round and full-time earn in a given year in comparison to their male counterparts.

The study takes a different approach to measuring the gender wage gap by comparing the earnings of both women and men with all kinds of working arrangements over a 15-year period.

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