worried young woman The study also found that among women who took off work for just one year, their earnings were 39 percent lower than for women who worked all 15 years. (Photo: Shutterstock)

(Bloomberg) –The wage gap for women is typically reported at around 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, but a new study argues 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 over 15 years for all those who worked in at least one year, according to a study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research released Wednesday.

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