Another finding of the AAUW is that mothers earn less than non-mothers, even if they do not leave the workforce. The same is not true for dads.
To make things worse, moms are less likely to get hired than non-mothers.
Yvonne Marsh, a Certified Financial Planner at Marsh Wealth Management in Knoxville, Tennessee, believes this is a key factor in the continuation of the gender pay gap.
“For those who decided to step off the career path for a period of time, when they get back, they’re behind. It can forever affect your career path,” she said. “If you don’t take that path and stay in the workforce, when your child is sick, need to go to the doctor, we know that it pulls time away from your career. You may not have the time it takes to put in the time to get that next promotion. If a woman gets a college education, gets married, and wants to have children, there is a very real decision there.”