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Here’s why men still get paid more than women

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Just when we seemed to be coming a long way, baby, new research shows the gender wage gap has barely shrunk and may soon grow again.

Depending on how you measure it, women are still paid between 11 and 31 per cent less than men, even though we have made very slow progress over the years toward equal pay for equal work.

Why is this inequity so persistent? Two new studies suggest a simple explanation with no simple solution: systemic sexism.

Take a new report from Tammy Schirle, an economist at Laurier University, and McMaster PhD student Moyosoreoluwa Sogaolu, who pulled apart hourly wages and adjusted them to take into account all sorts of factors that influence why one person may be paid more than another. They found that while some of the gap's stubbornness can be explained by workers' choice of occupations or family structure, education or age, race or other factors, much of it makes no sense. That is, unless you consider systemic gender discrimination.

This troubling conclusion is supported by new work published Tuesday by the Labour Market Information Council and the Education........

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