A recent study by Pew Research found that the gender pay gap has narrowed but stayed relatively stable since… the 80s.

Somehow, we’ve learned how to build self-driving cars and smartphones with more computing power than the first computers used in space travel, but we still haven’t figured out how to pay men and women equally.

Luckily, social and government-led pressure is mounting.

With so much will and incentive to finally close the gap, why are we still not making gains?

Coming from a company which is now facing a potential class-action lawsuit from current and former female engineers and an investigation by the US Department of Labor for discrimination in pay and promotion, the new report is certainly raising eyebrows (and eye-rolls in some cases).

Critics argue it’s likely the discrepancy actually comes from more experienced women being hired in at lower levels and then allocated more discretionary pay to compensate for the clear mistake in leveling.

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