It's no secret that women in America make 79 cents for every dollar earned by men [PDF]. The gender pay gap is real, and Mashable reports that it's something girls experience long before they ever enter the workforce. A recent survey from Halifax (the bank, not the city) found that when it comes to pocket money, girls in the UK receive 12 percent less than their male peers.

The survey looked at 1200 kids and 575 parents in the UK to see how much allowance the typical child was given last year. While boys received an average of £6.93 (around $10.07) a week, girls were only given £6.16 ($8.95) to spend.

What's even more troubling about the statistic is that things only seem to be getting worse. The same survey released last year showed the difference in boys' and girls' allowance to be just 2 percent—10 percent less than what was found in the most recent report. Despite the gap, boys are still more likely to feel that they deserve more money. The survey found that 44 percent of boys felt they should be receiving more money than they were compared to just 39 percent of girls. A similar trend can be seen in the working world where female employees often ask for less money than their male colleagues.

There's at least one positive takeaway from the survey: The average allowance in the UK. is the highest it's been in over nine years (which bodes well for the economy). But until girls are making just as much pocket money as the boys in their class, there's not much worth celebrating.

[h/t Mashable]