When we picture how our careers will go, most of us assume that, by the time we're in our 50s, we will have built up skills, knowledge and experience that will make us valuable resources for our employers. We will be in a steady job -- perhaps at a company where we've been working for years. We will be in our prime earning years and working on a solid plan for retirement.
According to the Pew Research Center, an average woman working in the United States makes about 82 cents for every dollar a male peer makes for doing the same work. Some of that pay gap can be explained by differences in choice of occupation, educational attainment, or work experience, but the majority of the gap is likely the result of gender discrimination.