Sexism in the American workforce doesn’t look like it once did. Mad Men era bosses–in tailored suits and mild inebriation, chasing secretaries around their desks–are no longer prime suspects. No, discrimination has become much more subtle. It’s in the over 97% of male chief executives running the country’s largest companies. It’s in the promotion nods for him over her. It’s in your wallet.
The gender wage gap persists almost five decades after the Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963. There are just a handful of jobs in which women earn slightly more than men (counselors, food preparers), compared to hundreds of occupations in which they make less. On average, women earn about 80% as much as men. In some jobs, they earn just over half as much as male peers, stunting their lifetime earnings by millions.