By Michelle Chen
That sticky 20 percent wage gap has plateaued over the past decade. Since the early 1990s, in fact, it has only narrowed by about a dime on the dollar (ticking up from about 70 cents to 80 cents for each dollar men earn). At this rate, the gender wage gap will outlive the current generation of working women before the disparities even out, around 2059. There are even signs that the gap is widening.
According to Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), “Controlling for inflation, women’s earnings increased by 0.9 percent, while men’s earnings increased by 2.6 percent since 2014.” In other words, the economy’s post-recession rebound has buoyed men up at the expense of a widening gender divide.