By Kimberly Adams

Today is Equal Pay Day for women. It marks how long into 2021 the average woman would have to work in order to earn the same income as the average man did in 2020. In other words, it represents the reality of the gender pay gap in America.

The economic fallout of the pandemic hit women much harder than men. And yet, oddly enough, the pay gap tightened, said C. Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

“And the reason for that is that we saw an enormous amount of job loss in lower-wage sectors for women,” Mason said.

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