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Manager Divide: Gender wage gap widens at age 32

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A new study from Visier has found that mothers in the U.S. continue to pay the price in career advancement and wages for starting a family.

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The Visier Insights: Gender Equity report uncovers a direct correlation between the Manager Divide, a growing underrepresentation of women compared to men in manager positions from age 32 onwards, and a widening of the gender wage gap for large US employers.

The report finds that eliminating the Manager Divide, which coincides with the years in which women typically have children, would cut the gender wage gap by nearly one third.

There is an increase in voluntary turnover and a pronounced dip in the percentage of women in the workforce between the ages of 25 and 40 (from 43% to 39%), the same age range in which women commonly have children.

The gender wage gap widens at age 32, starting with women earning 90% the wages of men, and decreasing to women earning 82% the wages of men by age 40.

Women are underrepresented in manager positions from age 32 onwards - the same age at which the wage gap between men and women broadens. Manager wages are, on average, 2 times that of non-manager wages.

Having the same representation of women in manager positions as men would reduce the gender wage gap to 10% across all age groups - an improvement most notable for the age 32 and older population.

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