The ‘Long tail’ of Inequality

The Economist digs into why women still haven’t reached the professional success of men – in all aspects of the organizational workplace:

And despite sheaves of equal-pay legislation, women get paid less than men for comparable work. That is partly because they often work in different fields, and many of them are part-timers with lower hourly rates. But even in identical jobs they earn slightly less than men from the beginning, and as time goes by the gap gets ever bigger. Across the OECD it now averages 18%. That is a lot less than what it was 40 years ago (see chart), but in recent years it has stopped narrowing.

Despite generational gains by women and people of color, the organizational “head start” realized by men, even in comparable careers, increases cumulatively over time.

Graphic via The Economist