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4 things to know about Equal Pay Day

05 April 2017

A separate study by the Economic Policy Institute, which supports workers' interests, pegged the current gender gap at 22 percent, after controlling for race, ethnicity, education, experience and location.

The smallest wage gaps were reported in New York, Delaware, and Florida.

All findings for all 50 states and the District of Columbia can be found on the partnership's website.

Lack of paid family leave: Women with family care obligations - for a new child or an elderly parent - lose income during periods of unpaid family care leave. "Entire communities, states and our country suffer because lawmakers have not done almost enough to end wage gap discrimination or to advance the fair and family-friendly workplace policies that would help erase the wage gap". Women in that age group earned 90 cents to the dollar earned by men, compared to the 67 cents they earned in 1980. At least that's what men call it. Generations of women before me have told each other the same thing. It's a sobering reminder of the wage gap in the U.S and a hint that there is a lot of work to do, like banning salary history questions, in order to make workplaces equitable.

The analysis also points out that Utah is still one of four states with the largest cents-on-the-dollar differences in the country. Amounting to a yearly gap of nearly $15,000.

Although spring is in the air and we are well into 2017, if you're a woman, your paycheck is stuck in time, specifically at December 31, 2016.

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He described the incident as "a tragic event" for the family and the wider community. Semi-submerged homes along the Tweed River at Murwillumbah.

Senior research associate Julie Anderson says that won't change as long as so many women in the state are trapped in low-wage jobs.

Similar measures are being considered nationwide, and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have re-introduced legislation aimed at narrowing the wage gap by eliminating loopholes in the Equal Pay Act.

Pelosi said pay inequality "disrespects women's work, undermines families, robs their retirement and weakens our economy and communities".

The 1963 Equal Pay Act and the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act have strengthened legal channels for women to claim equitable pay, but more is needed to end wage discrimination against women.

The National Committee on Pay Equity picked April 4th because it symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what their male colleagues earned in the previous year.