worried young woman The studyalso found that among women who took off work for just one year,their earnings were 39 percent lower than for women who worked all15 years. (Photo: Shutterstock)

(Bloomberg) –The wage gap for women is typically reported ataround 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, but a new studyargues it is even larger when measured over the long-term.

Women's earnings were just 49 percent of men's earnings— or a 51 percent wage gap — when measured by total earnings over15 years for all those who worked in at least one year, accordingto a study by the Institute for Women's Policy Research releasedWednesday.

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