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Gender Gap and Salary Difference

Women Earn Less in Male- and Female-Dominated Industries

Looks like there's a long way for us to climb. With the exception of single young ladies, our gender is "worth less" on Wall Street, a traditionally male-dominated industry. According to government data analyzed by Bloomberg, women in that industry earned 58.8 cents to every dollar men made in 2007. More dishearteningly, recent research showed that although 85 percent of PR workers are women, men make up 80 percent of the top management. Despite the fact that we're seeing more women graduate from universities than men, there are still major advances that need to be made. Too few women are in executive-level positions; only 13 CEOs among the Fortune 500 companies are female.

Some researchers attribute this gender gap to child-bearing factors — do you agree with that?

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