Female physicians earn 25.3% less than their male counterparts, a gap that held steady from 1987 to 2010, according to a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study did not break down pay by specialty. "If women are in lower-paying specialties and that's not a choice that they're making with an equal set of opportunities, then that suggests that there may be some space for improvement in terms of access to being able to work in higher-paying specialties," said Dr. Anupam Jena of Harvard Medical School, a study co-author.

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