We were pretty shocked to hear recent news that experts don鈥檛 expect the gender wage gap to equalize for another 53 years, and that鈥檚 in the UK (US stats look even bleaker). Naturally, we assumed that this was largely due to factors beyond our control. A new study from Ziprecruiter, however, suggests that might not be the case 鈥 at least not entirely. In fact, the findings suggest that women themselves may actually have a role in that discrepancy.

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How? According to the company鈥檚 research, women don鈥檛 value themselves as highly as men when it comes to their desired salaries.

Polling an undisclosed number of both men and women about their desired earnings, Ziprecruiter found that men, on average, asked for a salary of $59,623 per year, while women, in contrast, requested an average annual sum of $48,160 鈥 a whopping $11,103 less than their male counterparts.

Industries such as law saw an even higher discrepancy between the figures, with women requesting an average desired annual sum of $20,531 less than males in the industry. While a few industries did see women asking for more than men (namely real estate, food and beverage and personal care), the majority were selling themselves short.

What鈥檚 more, even with salary expectations varying wildly between the sexes, application rates were nearly equal, with men at 36 percent and women at 33 percent.

In short, we鈥檙e going after the same jobs, but we鈥檙e not expecting the same out of them. Maybe that鈥檚 because we鈥檙e aware of the discrepancies, and are simply resigned to them, or maybe we鈥檙e more fearful of the consequences should we ask for too much 鈥 like not getting the job in favor of a more affordable candidate. Either way, it鈥檚 a trend that probably needs to change if we have any hope of closing that gap once and for all.

After all, while employers shouldn鈥檛 take advantage of this information, some undeniably will, and how can we expect them to perceive us as highly valuable if we don鈥檛 value ourselves the same way?

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Ziprecruiter suggests doing plenty of research with regard to average salaries for your profession (and asking for more if you believe you鈥檙e worth more than the average employee), finding a mentor to guide you in the right ballpark and finally, having the confidence to ask for what you鈥檙e worth 鈥 what you鈥檙e really worth, that is.

Now, to put that all into action鈥 go get 鈥榚m, ladies!

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(h/t Teen Vogue, photos via Bernardasv +MachineHeadz/Getty)