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.