I cannot cite this: it is in the water. Like fluoride and a general belief in an American-style higher power (Hi God! Did you see what I just did back there, with the dollar to the homeless guy? Will you reward me for it?).
But people seem to believe these days that the gender pay gap is better for younger women. The glass ceiling is thinner or even, perhaps, nonexistent? For kidsthesedays?
It is not. That water is wrong.
My friends at the AAUW (we’re friends! Really! We follow each other on Twitter!) released a yickityyuckyuck scary study: Women one year out of college make 82 cents on a dude’s dollar. (That should be a product, right? DudeDollarz? Used for kegs and athletic socks and pick-up artist books?)
But wait! you say. More women are English majors, right? And that’s why? And they are social workers and nonprofit administrators?
Nope. They controlled for major and industry.
Just let that sink in.
(UPDATE: See in comments for my excellent commenter’s point about how that 82/100 figure came before controlling for major and career.)