gender gap

noun
the differences between women and men, especially as reflected in social, political, intellectual, cultural, or economic attainments or attitudes.

Origin:
1980–85

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gender gap definition


A phrase marking the trend in recent U.S. presidential elections, whereby more female than male voters support the Democratic party candidate and more male than female voters support the Republican party candidate.

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gender gap

A broad difference between men and women, as in There is still an enormous gender gap in the wages of unskilled labor. This expression at first referred to the difference between men and women in voting preferences. It has since been extended to other areas. [1970s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
But among the students who affirmed their own values, the gender gap largely disappeared.
To close the gender gap on campus, college and university admissions officers often favor boys.
The report clearly sets out our challenge: to end the gender gap.
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