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Rise to the Top: How Women Leverage Their Professional Persona to Earn More by Stacey Hawley

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CHAPTER 8Ignore the Gender Gap

If you Google the words “gender pay gap,” the first page highlights links to discussing (a) the reasons behind the gap, (b) why the gap is a myth, and (c) how to close the gap. Googling “gender pay gap” produces the same facts, myths, and legends as Googling the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot. Separating the myth from reality can cause a migraine.

On the surface, it seems as though whether or not a gender gap exists should be a yes-or-no question. Politicians, women’s advocacy groups, and the media promote the existence of a gender gap for different purposes. Political reasons, unfortunately, seem less altruistic: ostensibly to promote the equitable treatment of women in the workforce, but really to gain the female ...

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