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.
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.