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The Motherhood Wage Gap Is a Real Thing

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It's not news that women earn less than men. Women make 77 cents to every dollar that a man earns, on average. When you break down that average by moms and non-moms, you'll discover, unsurprisingly (because we've known it all along), that moms earn less than women without children.

Just how much? Non-moms, on average, earn about 90 cents to every dollar a man makes, while moms make 73 cents to that dollar. Single moms, who arguably need the income the most, make a measly 60 cents to the dollar.

You might ask, 'Does this also happen for fathers?' The short answer? No. According to Politico:

"Studies using equal résumés and job experiences found that moms were hired 80 percent less of the time than women without children and were offered starting salaries that were $11,000 lower than those given to non-moms. Dads with equal résumés were offered $6,000 more than non-dads."

Dads are favored for having children.

Politico argues that the wage gap isn't just about gender discrimination or the ideal of equality ... rather, that equal pay is also good for our economy. The article notes, "The Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that U.S. GDP would grow by 3 percent if women were paid as much as men."

Considering that most families now rely on mom's wages, by under-compensating women, children are not getting the nutrition they need to grow up healthy. One in five kids don't get enough to eat because of economic limitations in their household.

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