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Even at Highest Levels, Women Lag Behind in Pay

New research shows nation’s top female executives still at an economic disadvantage
compared to men

NEW YORKAugust 14, 2013—The Ms. Foundation for Women released the following statement in response to recent research showing that even women who ascend to the highest professional levels still aren’t paid equally to their male counterparts.

Aleyamma Mathew, Ms. Foundation for Women senior program officer, economic justice, said:

“Even women who have reached the pinnacle of their careers and their organizations still make less than their male counterparts. No matter how successful a woman is, indeed if she literally runs the company she works for, she still faces pay discrimination. At every level of our work system, women continue to make less simply because they are women.

“For women at the highest levels, this gender discrimination is infuriating. For working-class women, and particularly for working women of color, paycheck discrimination is more than infuriating — it hurts their families.

“More and more families depend on women as their breadwinners. When women continue to make less than men for the same work, it doesn’t just hurt women, it hurts us all. Paying women equally helps stabilize the economy, which is especially necessary in difficult economic times like these.”


The Ms. Foundation for Women fights to eliminate barriers for every woman in the U.S. For 40 years, we have worked tirelessly to secure women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. At our core, we are advocates giving a voice to women to elevate their most pressing issues. We’re continually investing funds, time, expertise and training in more than 100 trailblazing organizations nationwide to secure a better future for ourselves, our families and our communities.

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