Coin stacks with blue and pink tokens Highly educated women suffer a larger pay gap than do women with less; those with MBAs only take home 74 cents compared to a male MBA’s dollar. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It’s nos secret that women’s pay lags behind men’s to a substantial degree. Now a PayScale, Inc.​ study shows that while there are plenty of reasons that women’s pay is lower than men’s, a major factor is what it terms an “opportunity gap:” that women with comparable skills, experience and education are not advancing in their careers at the same rate as men.

The State of the Gender Pay Gap in 2019​ reports ​that just 3 percent of women become executives, compared to 8 percent of men; that means that women are restrained from achieving higher earnings by being stuck in lower-level, lower-paid, individual-contributor positions.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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