Patricia Arquette helped put the spotlight on the gender pay gap during her Oscar acceptance speech last week when she announced to nearly 37 million viewers that it's "time for wage equality." Now a new study shows just how big that gap remains around the world.
The International Labor Organization reported Friday that globally, women earn approximately 77 percent of what men do, a figure that has improved by only 3 percentage points over the past two decades. (And the gap is even wider among high earners.) The U.N. group warned that the pay gap won't close for more than 70 years if it continues to shrink at the current rate.
"Despite significant progress since the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, women continue to experience widespread discrimination and inequality in the workplace," the authors wrote.
That finding was underscored by results of a survey by marketing firm DDB shared exclusively with CNBC.com on Friday. It found that 70 percent of men and 86 percent of women agree that discrimination against women in the workplace happens "a lot."
"We think we live in a time when men and women are treated equally in the U.S., but clearly attitudes don't show that," said Denise Delahorne, senior vice president at DDB U.S., who analyzed the data.
Unequal compensation for the same work as men continues to be an issue that millions of American women face despite progress to help bridge the gender pay gap. Though substantial gains have been made over the past few decades, women in the U.S. still made about 82 percent of what men earned in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (That's the most recent year for which data is available.)