Women's Wage Gap Even Worse for Moms

Women in the U.S. are typically paid only 78 cents for every man's dollar, while moms only make 70 cents for every dollar paid to dads. Here's why this is no good.

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We already know that women make less money than men nationwide in almost every industry—but a new study has found that moms actually make even less than dads.

Yep, if you're a mom, you can expect to make even less than you did before you were a mom, when compared to your husband. The Women's Law Center put together this map based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey to break it down for us, with very disappointing facts.

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Moms will make somewhere between 58.2 to 82 cents to dads' dollar in every single state in America. On average, that's 70 cents to a dollar, which is an even larger gap than the national average of women, 78 cents to a dollar.

While it's disheartening news, it's sadly not that unexpected—women typically leave their jobs for longer than men (ya know, because we have to carry, deliver and recover from producing a baby from our bodies). Men also typically stay in the workforce, where many women leave and then return once their children are older. And while the wage gap is definitely an issue, so is the stereotype that working mothers are given once they have a baby. In a press release, the National Women's Law Center says, "Mothers are recommended for significantly lower starting salaries, perceived as less competent and less likely to be recommended for hire than non-mothers, whereas fathers are actually recommended for significantly higher pay and were perceived as more committed to their jobs than non-fathers."

Ladies, we say it's time to start burning those nursing bras. Want to join?

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