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Gender Wage Gap Widens to 43 Percent by Age 45

NBC News, June 14, 2017

By Lisa Tolin

24541877102 8ccec6c5b7 zA new research study co-authored by Sari Pekkala Kerr, Ph.D., a senior research scientist and economist at the Wellesley Centers for Women, found that at age 25, college-educated women and college-educated men make roughly the same salaries. However, by age 45, those same college-educated women make only 57 percent of what their male colleagues make. Kerr and her co-authors looked into why this gap grows so considerably with age, finding that it is largely due to motherhood and childbirth.

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