Italian women earn less than men for pretty much the same reason as everywhere else, but you have to read to nearly the end to find out why:
(ANSA) - Rome, October 16 - Italy's working women earn about three quarters of what men earn on average, according to new statistics from ISFOL, the government-funded research institute.
For salaried workers women the difference is about 23%, or 3,800 euros a year, while for the self-employed the difference can be as much as 40%....
Self-employed women pay themselves 40% less, because....
The startling difference between the pay received by self-employed men and women was mainly the result of women working fewer hours, the report said .
Which fact seems not to have penetrated with the author of this article who explains the smaller difference in pay for employees with the usual suspects:
"There is a tendency to avoid giving roles with more responsibility to women basically because employers are afraid that childcare duties will be a distraction," said Emiliano Mandrone.
He said this was particularly common in the private sector, where bosses were concerned that women would either underperform or disappear for a year to have a baby.
As a result, men tend to get the top jobs and the fat salaries that go with them .