By now, most of us have heard about the gender pay gap. Women make about 78 cents for every dollar a man makes doing similar work. But that’s not the only way life taxes women more than men—it’s an insidious phenomenon that starts when we’re young and follows us into old age.
Here, we break down the ways it costs more being a woman in the U.S. than it does being a man. Get ready, because it’s a doozy. But, don’t lose hope. There are things we can do to fight against it.