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Why Companies Pay Mothers Less


This weekend is Mother’s Day. Though employers cite mothers as having additional skills—such as improved time-management, people skills, and multitasking ability—they are still regularly paid less. One study published in the American Sociological Review indicated a 5–7% penalty per child.

We wanted to share this brief interview with Harvard economics professor Claudia Goldin on the gender pay gap and how we can most effectively address it.