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According to a report released on Equal Pay Day (April 10), the average working woman in Colorado earns 84 cents for every dollar a man makes. According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, the average female Iowan could purchase more than 80 additional weeks of groceries for their families every year if the wage gap didn't exist.

In more stark terms, black women earn 63 cents for every dollar earned by a white, non-Hispanic man, while Native women earn 57 cents, Latinas earn 54 cents, and the "average" mom earns 71 cents for every dollar a man makes.

Lean In created the #20PercentCounts campaign to support Equal Pay Day 2018 and has selected four charities to fundraise for that support women and families impacted by the pay gap, including Dress for Success, Feeding America, The American Association of University Women, and The Boys and Girls Club. In the 3rd Congressional District, women earn just 74 cents for every dollar men earn.

The gender wage gap is even wider between white men and women of color. A woman earns about $41,554 a year working full time, while a man averages $51,640. Thirty-seven percent of men think there is no pay difference by gender, compared to just 20 percent of women.

Establish fair scheduling practices that allow employees to meet their caregiving responsibilities and other obligations. Our whole nation benefits when women get equal pay for equal work.

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Governor Cuomo, meanwhile, announced on Tuesday a proposal to prevent any public or private entities doing business with New York State from utilizing wage-history discrimination.

More than 50 years after passage of the Equal Pay Act, women still labor under unequal pay.

"Then I found out soon after they made 33 percent to 40 percent more than I did", Malone, now 27, said. "We need a pay discrimination hotline". The graphs showed women in Iowa are making 77% less than men.

Myth #2: Women make less money because they don't negotiate well. "It's really important to us that people know that we do have these gaps, but also what they can do as ordinary citizens to help close that pay gap", said Zandra Rice-Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress.

In D.C., equal pay advocates met at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as equal pay advocacy organizations deliver thousands of petitions, calling for "immediate and concrete steps to jumpstart the equal pay data collection process". That contributes to higher levels of poverty and income inequality - as well as leaving women less secure in their retirements. "I experienced implications of the wage gap first-hand", he said. Institutions and work structures that perpetuate these the same systems, such as reliance on previous salaries to negotiate pay rates, keep the wage gap alive.

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