For Recent College Graduates, the Gender Wage Gap Keeps Getting Worse

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute shows that the gender wage gap cracks open right after college graduation, well before decisions like maternity leave can affect women’s earnings. Paychecks for young female college graduates are about 79 percent as large as those of their  male peers. Not only do pay disparities between men and women start earlier in their careers than frequently assumed, they also have significantly widened for young workers in the past year.