Sari Pekkala Kerr, Ph.D., senior
research scientist and economist at WCW, discussed motherhood and the
gender wage gap on
a radio show produced by WAMU 88.5 and distributed by NPR. Dr.
Kerr shared data on how the wage gap grows in the early career years. At
their first jobs after college, she said, men and women start at
roughly even salaries. However, there is a rapid divergence of earnings
during the "family founding" years, where fathers' pay skyrockets and
mothers' pay goes down. By the time these workers are in their mid
30s-early 40s, the pay gap is 45-50 percent.