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It's a sad fact. In most of the world, women earn less than men.

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the median woman's salary is about 7% lower than her male counterpart.

But moms make even less! Closer to 22% lower!

But remember, this 15% drop is the world median! In Ireland, a mother can expect to drop a whopping 31%! (Though it should be noted that Ireland is one of the countries where women actually start on top!)

But the question is simple for women who plan on being moms- Where can we go to find the smallest drop in pay?

Well, it turns out the answer is…

Italy! Here women start out earning about 4% less than men, and if they have kids, that actually rises to only 3% less!

It seems the best indicators of this lack of drop are paid maternity leave, quality day care, and universal healthcare, which of course keeps women from having to tend to sick children quite so much.

In case you were wondering, the United States falls right about at the median, with mothers earning about 23% less.

So we understand if you start brushing up on your Italian!

[Image via AKM-GSI.]

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