Low blow

Gender pay-gap linked to depression and anxiety in women

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Researchers say they have found a link between women earning less than their male colleagues and mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. A new study by Columbia University, which looked at some 20,000 men and women with comparable education and work experience, found that women who earned less than men were four times more likely to suffer from an anxiety disorder, and 2.5 times more likely to be depressed. When their income was equal or exceeding that of their male counterparts, however, those odds greatly decreased. “Our results show that some of the gender disparities in depression and anxiety may be due to the effects of structural gender inequality in the workforce and beyond,” said Jonathan Platt, lead author of the study.

The researchers also said legislators could address the issue with policies that go beyond merely outlawing overt gender discrimination — for example, paid parental leave, affordable childcare and flexible work schedules. According to U.S. census data, women working full-time are currently still earning only 79 cents for every dollar a man makes.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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