6 Ways Men and Women Differ

Women account for more than half of the consumer spending in the U.S., manage a growing share of investments, and are increasingly the primary breadwinners in their households.

Yet despite their influence over American household dollars, women still lag in other, related, areas — from wages to their confidence about their own financial wherewithal.

These differences have taken on increased importance in today’s conversations about American culture, with President Barack Obama calling in January for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to start gathering information on pay by gender, presidential candidates discussing the issue during the current campaign, and some arguing that paying women more could significantly reduce poverty.

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