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Equal pay for women

If a man started a new job today, by the end of the year he’d make as much on average as a woman who’d been on the job since January 1.

That’s why April 12 is dubbed Equal Pay Day, and a coalition of women’s groups is marking it with a rally downtown calling for an end to employment discrimination.

On average, controlling for education and experience, women still earn only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.  Over a lifetime, that can add up.

“The Labor Department reports the pay gap for the average, full-time working woman means she gets $150 less in her weekly paycheck,” according to AFL-CIO NOW.  “If she works all year, that’s $8,000 less at the end of the year and about $380,000 over a lifetime.”

One thing that could help is a bill in Springfield – backed by groups including Women Employed, one of the sponsors of today’s rally — that would raise the state’s minimum wage by steps until it reaches the buying power it had in 1968.

The AFL-CIO cites a report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research that shows that women account for two-thirds of workers in the ten occupations with the lowest earnings; men account for two-thirds of those in the top ten occupations.

On top of that, within the top and bottom ten occupations, women are paid less than men.

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