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Study Reveals 'A+' Female Students Make the Same Money as 'C' Male Students

Study reveals new facts on gender pay gap
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And now for yet another depressing factoid to add to the gender gap story: Researchers have found that the better your grades are in high school, the higher your income is later in life — but it only really matters if you're a man. Yep, according to the study, conducted by the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University, a woman with a 4.0 high-school GPA still makes less than a man with a 2.5 GPA.

Of course, this was all based on averages, but the blatant disparity isn't something to shrug off.

For a visual sense on just how wide the pay gap really is, check out the chart below, which marks men in red and women in green. (Average salaries are based on income-earners between the ages of 24 and 34.)

This pay gap between men and women only gets worse as time goes on and both move up the ladder, though this is largely due to the fact that more women than men hang back to take care of the kids once they start a family.

Experts say there are other factors at play, too, though. Like the fact that we tend to take lower-paying jobs to begin with (as teachers, health care workers, etc.), which we're often steered towards from an early age (over higher-earning jobs like engineering or technology). In addition, some argue that majority-female occupations are often valued less monetarily simply because they’re made up of mostly women.

Another takeaway from the study? Minorities don't fare too well in this whole grades-equals-future-pay reality, either. In fact, despite the fact that African-American and Latino high-school students with high GPAs are more likely to continue schooling than white students with equally good grades, their income is, on average, still much less.

You can read more from the study here, or in full in the Eastern Economic Journal where it was recently published.

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