Think the gender pay gap is bad? Women in tech face an equity gap, and it's even worse

Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY

Women on average make about 80 cents for every dollar a man does. In Silicon Valley, the wealth gap is even wider, extending to the most potentially lucrative currency on the planet: stock options. 

Women get half the amount of equity of their male colleagues at startups, giving them unequal access to the Silicon Valley's wealth generation machine, according to a first-of-its kind study by an investor group and an equity management firm that are urging the technology industry to take action.

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