As a woman, mother of two young daughters, and shareholder at a global employment law firm, I find these issues intriguing and ones we should seek to understand and appreciate not only for women in the workplace today, but for those women in the next generation who will occupy our seats—and hopefully many seats within the C-suite—as they are counting on us.

There can be no doubt that pay disparity exists between men and women when reviewing the raw data. The political climate and recent legislative changes have caused no shortage of press on the topic. Members of the championship U.S. women’s soccer team have moved to the forefront of the issue, filing complaints of discrimination alleging unequal pay and highlighting alleged pay disparities in comparison to their male counterparts. Getting to the root cause of the alleged disparities—whether purported discrimination, public demand or otherwise—is a harder question.

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