A recent study by the US Census Bureau (Spring 2017) regarding the earning levels of American men and women still revealed a striking disparity between the sexes when it came to who made how much money in terms of median wage. Women still earn only about 80% of what men do according to the study's national conclusions. While it is obvious that this gap exists, it is much harder to pinpoint what exactly is causing it. The only logical explanation ( provided by the Pew Research Center) suggests that this gap occurs because women take more breaks from work to care for family, but that does not really explain the extant wage gap between older women and men. In y'all's opinions, what do you really think is the cause behind this gender gap?
I know that the answer seems obvious (sexism) but can you elaborate? What exactly makes this form of discrimination economically advantageous in our Capitalist economy? Also, what would be the best way to address this gender workplace discrimination?