Enews highlights some of the many ways scholars and staff at the Wellesley Centers for Women are shaping a better world through research and action. 
Gender Pay Gap is Largely Due to Motherhood
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College-educated women start out making about 90 percent as much as men, but by age 45 the pay gap widens to 55 percent. The reason? Marriage, children, or both, according to WCW Senior Research Scientist / Economist Sari Pekkala Kerr, Ph.D. and her colleagues.

Following the release of two papers on the topic that Kerr co-authored, her work was featured in multiple major media outlets, including The New York Times.

While speaking to the Times, Kerr explained that the pay gap widens during the late 20s to mid-30s, when many women are having children. While unmarried women without children continue earning close to what men earn, women that marry, have children, or both earn less money at work, largely due to an unequal division of household chores at home.
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Registration is Open: Join us in DC

On Wednesday, June 7, WCW will team up with partners to host a free, day-long research forum in Washington, DC, that will address the current political and social climate as well as policy issues that are central to the lives of women and girls, families and communities. Registration for the forum, Persistence to Power: Facts, Truth, & Equity for Women, is now open. Those who cannot attend in person are invited to watch the live stream on our website and follow along on social media with #persisttopower.

A world that is good for women is good for everyoneTM
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13 Reasons Why: A Need for Correct Messages

On our #womenchangeworlds blog, Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D. addresses the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, "Rather than repeating the many critiques of this series, my purpose here is to share correct messages about adolescent depression and suicide that we, as professionals and parents, should know and should be sharing with our children."

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