Gen Z women still expect lower salaries than men

People are more aware of the gender wage gap now than in generations past — yet members of Generation Z still illustrate its presence, Fortune reported Feb. 22. 

A survey from the job-search and career app Handshake found that on average, Gen Z women expect a $6,000 lower salary than Gen Z men do. 

Women currently make $0.82 for every $1 men make. Often, women take longer breaks from the workforce if they have children and miss advancement opportunities. Fewer work in high-paying STEM industries, and generally, women have a lower perception of what they are worth. 

Pay transparency laws, like the one recently passed in New York, can help make up the difference, according to Fortune. A better understanding of what is considered fair pay for each industry can elevate workers to level ground. 

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