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Is the gender pay gap disappearing?

Reports that it is are misleading. Here, Jessica Abrahams chats to three women who still face very real penalties

By Jessica Abrahams  

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Several years ago, I was asked to give a careers talk at my old school to a group of students aged between 16 and 18, to give them a sense of what it’s like to be a journalist and the usual routes into the industry. When questions were invited at the end, one girl raised her hand and asked about the problems of balancing the demands of work and family life. I wrinkled my nose—“Aren’t you a bit young to be worrying…

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