When C+ men outearn A+ women E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons by Ben Geier @FortuneMagazine May 23, 2014, 11:26 AM EDT If you didn’t do so great in high school, rest easy! You can still make a decent living for yourself — assuming, that is, that you’re a man. Equal pay has been a hotly debated topic for the past few months, and new research from the University of Miami suggests women are paid significantly less than men even if they were much better students. The study sought to determine what affect a person’s high school grade point average has on their future earnings. Because of the disparity between men and women, it chose to break the data up by gender, and found that women with a 4.0 GPA in high school make less on average than a man with a 2.5 GPA. The issue of pay equity got a big publicity push on April 8 around “Equal Pay Day.” It was also heavily in the news last week when Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times, was fired as reports suggested that her dismissal was due to her inquiries about being paid less than the man who formerly had her job.