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(From Guardian Unlimited)
To modernize Jane Austen's famous line: it is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of a good fortune must have married or inherited it.
Well, okay, she may have earned it, but even if she did, the average fortune a US woman will accumulate over her working lifetime falls far short of what a man will make -- a ratio of 36 cents to a dollar , actually.
This wealth gap between genders is attributable to many factors, including (but not limited to) conscious and unconscious bias on the part of employers and institutionalized discrimination via the pay gap. Society might not yet be ready for the soul-searching required to tackle the former, but getting substantive legislation in place to tackle the latter would be a most welcome first step. …