It takes 42 days more for women's earnings to catch up to those of men

It would take 42 additional days of work for women to earn what men did last year, meaning the earnings gap remained unchanged in 2020, according to analysis from Pew Research Center.

The analysis of median hourly earnings of both full- and part-time workers age 16-plus shows women earned 84 percent of what men earned in 2020. The gap was smaller for women ages 25 to 34, who on average earned 93 cents for every dollar earned by a man in the same age group. 

Pew examines hourly earnings — usual weekly earnings divided by usual hours worked in a week — to iron out differences in earnings due to differences in hours worked. (Read more about Pew's methodology here.) 

The U.S. Census Bureau also analyzes the gender pay gap, but it only looks at full-time workers. In 2019, full-time, year-round working women earned 82 percent of what their male counterparts brought in, according to the Census Bureau's most recent analysis for 2019.

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