Research suggests female CEOs outearn their male peers—but it’s not that simple

And once you’re there, getting paid your fair share also presents a unique set of challenges, says Andrea Johnson, senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. “When you’re talking about these higher level, professional employees,” Johnson says, “the way pay is set for them, there’s a lot of opportunities for bias to enter into that. There’s performance evaluations and how women are perceived in their ability to do their job versus men, there’s less of a standardized process for determining that CEO pay. So you start to see more bias come in, because of the discretion that’s allowed in setting the pay.” Further, Johnson points out, “the wage gap has been largely stagnant for the last decade.”