The headlines have spoken: Women shouldn't expect to receive the same pay as men until 2133, according to the World Economic Forum.
But wait. Last year, we were told that the gender gap would be closed by 2095 — nearly 40 years sooner. How did things get so much worse in just a year?
Well, you may be surprised to learn that that number — pay parity in 2133 — doesn't actually show up in the World Economic Forum report itself. It's a calculation that was made for the press releases that accompany the 400-page report.
While it is an interesting way to point out how slow progress has been, it probably won't mean anything in the real world — it's just too much of an extrapolation into the future to have much value. The number changes wildly with each new year of data — here are a few estimates of when we should reach economic equality in a few years of the report based on the same methodology: