Why can’t a woman be paid more like a man? Popular career advice has tended to emphasize the need for women to be more forceful at work, especially when it comes to asking for raises. But learning to “lean in” on the job—as Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, urges in her bestselling book of that title—goes only so far. According to a study that covers data from 51 countries, the best strategy for achieving greater pay equity is likely to involve organized advocacy, union participation, and the fo…

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