By Caroline Fairchild

Just the same, discrimination remains the biggest barrier between women and equitable pay. Some studies purport that as much as 38% of the pay gap can be attributed to pure discrimination. And at the current rate, the gender wage gap will not go away until 2059, said C. Nicole Mason, President & CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Women entering higher-paying fields may help, but it’s not enough.

“Women are doing their part,” Mason said. But it’s the structural issues that are making it hard for them to really get ahead on pay.”

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