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Michigan Among Worst US States For Screwing Women Out of Equal Pay

Michigan among worst US states for wage gap
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Michigan ranks 7th in the country among states that have the worst wage gap between women and men. On average, a woman who works full-time in Michigan is paid 74 cents for every dollar paid to a man. The national average is 77 cents.

Wyoming is the worst offender among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, paying its women just 67 cents for every dollar earned by men. Employers in DC come closest to closing the gap, paying women about 90% of what their male counterparts make.

The data, complied by the National Women’s Law Center, shows that the wage gap in Michigan is even wider for African-American and Hispanic women, who are paid 68 cents and 55 cents respectively, for each dollar earned by non-Hispanic white men.

In June, the US will mark the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act going into effect. So five decades later, why are women not paid equally for doing the same jobs men do?

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