New study explodes myth that the gender pay gap is the result of women not asking for raises as often as their male counterparts.

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The idea that men get more raises than women because they ask for them more often is a myth, according to new research released on Tuesday.

Using data from 4,600 workers in Australia, the only country that collects information about requested raises, the study (PDF) found that men got raises 20 percent of the time they asked compared with 16 percent for women who work the same number of hours. “No evidence” was found to support the long-held belief that the gender pay gap is the result of women not being assertive in workplace negotiations, according to the research collected by the Cass Business School in London, the University of Warwick and the University of Wisconsin.

In 2015, women working full time earned 79 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 21 percent, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

The pay gap is one of many issues related to diversity that companies in the tech industry face. Silicon Valley has had to confront tough questions about the treatment of women and minorities in tech, and the industry continues to struggle with issues surrounding recruitment, retention and promotion.

“Having seen these findings, I think we have to accept that there is some element of pure discrimination against women,” said Andrew Oswald, professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Warwick and a co-author of the study.

However, the study did find one optimistic point: Women younger than 40 were negotiating pay raises at a rate on par with their male counterparts.

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