by Valentina Zarya
Originally published: March 7, 2017
Female students graduating from college in three years may one day be freed from the frustration of earning less than their male coworkers—but only right before they retire.
According to new research from Accenture, the women of the class of 2020 could be the first generation to close the gender pay gap in their professional lifetimes. However, this is only if they live in developed countries and are able to reach parity with men in three key areas.
The first is what the professional services firm calls digital fluency, which the research defines as "the extent to which people embrace and use digital technologies to become more knowledgeable, connected and effective." It's not about whether people know how to code, but rather whether they go online to do taxes, pay bills, or take web-based courses, Accenture's group chief of North America Julie Sweet explained to Fortune in a discussion of last year's findings of the same annual report.