Why is the gender pay gap in the arts so large?

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David Throsby says that widespread discrimination is the most likely cause of gender-related disadvantage that female artists, across all areas of the arts, face pursuing their creative careers.
Female artists across all areas of the arts experience gender-related disadvantage in pursuing their creative careers, which reflects discriminatory problems affecting women in society more generally.

This is our conclusion after delving more deeply into our 2014-15 data on the incomes of practising professional artists in Australia. Although women are more engaged as consumers and supporters of the Australian arts than men, the total income from all art and non-art sources for the average female artist was $41,600, 25% less than her male counterpart.

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