Gender Pay Gap Gets Bigger as Paid Parental Leave Increases

According to research of 30 of the most developed nations in the world by Pew Research Center, the global gender pay gap for full-time workers between the ages of 30 and 34 gets bigger as the number of weeks of allowed paid parental leave increases.

As Pew Research Center reports, the United States ranks last in government supported time off for new parents among those 38 developed countries. Currently, the United States offers no paid parental leave policy at the national level.

Either way you look at the data, women are at a disadvantage as they navigate their careers. The reason? Women are still more likely to use parental leave time than men or to take a break from work because the amount of paid parental leave is inadequate.

Following are some important statistics and information about the global gender pay gap to put things into perspective:

  • The hourly gender pay gap in the United States is 16%.
  • The gender wage gap increases with age.
  • The gender wage gap increases with parenthood.
  • In general, the gender wage gap is slightly lower for highly educated women.

For more information about the gender pay gap throughout history, check out the What’s She Worth: The Slow Road to Equal Pay Infographic.

Pew Research Center reports that among the most developed nations in the world, the gender wage gap is largest in South Korea (37.5%) and smallest in New Zealand (4.2%). Take a look at the chart below for the gender wage gap breakdown, and follow the links at the beginning of the article for more charts and statistics from Pew Research Center.

PewResearcHCenter Gender Wage Gap by Country

Susan Gunelius

Susan Gunelius is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Women on Business. She is a 20-year veteran of the marketing field and has authored ten books about marketing, branding, and social media, including the highly popular 30-Minute Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing for Dummies, Blogging All-in-One for Dummies and Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps. Susan’s marketing-related content can be found on,,,, and more. Susan is President & CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a marketing communications company. She has worked in corporate marketing roles and through client relationships with AT&T, HSBC, Citibank, Intuit, The New York Times, Cox Communications, and many more large and small companies around the world. Susan also speaks about marketing, branding and social media at events around the world and is frequently interviewed by television, online, radio, and print media organizations about these topics. She holds an MBA in Management and Strategy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.

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