The gender gap was always the phoniest, most predictable political ploy only trotted out during election years to help democrats get votes. “we’re trying to help you, sweetie, get your just compensation, since you only make 70% as much as your male colleagues (never mind that adjusted for experience and education you make more like 98%). Why anyone ever votes democrat is mystery to me.
It used to be very legitimate and really substantial—women were expected to work outside the home only if they were unmarried and men were expected to “support a family” on their salary, so they regularly got paid quite a bit more for the same work.
For years, however, the substantial differences for the same background, experience and hours have only been in such as the rarified air of investment banking and a few other such pockets.
The 70% figures have been bogus for several decades now.