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This could close the gender pay gap in 27 years

The gender pay gap has persisted for generations, but the end could be in sight for young women.

Pay equity could be achieved in developed markets by 2044, according to new research released by Accenture on Tuesday.

That's 36 years earlier than previous estimates of 2080, and means women who graduate in 2020 could see equal pay during their working careers.

"Young women are making decision now that could help close the gap," said Julie Sweet, North American CEO at Accenture.

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