Happy ‘unequal pay’ day!

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Happy 'unequal pay' day!
Happy 'unequal pay' day!

Happy Equal Pay Day! Or, rather…unequal pay day.

The National Committee on Pay Equity is celebrating Equal Pay Day on April 17 to symbolize how many days into 2012 women must work to earn what men earned in 2011. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor, women who work full-time earn about 77 cents for every dollar men who work full-time earn.

A new study released by the American Association of University Women shows that the wage gap varies from state to state, with Washington D.C. having the narrowest gap (women earn approximately 91 percent of what men do on average) and Wyoming having the largest gap (women earn about 64 percent of what men earn).

Alex and the NOW panel discussed this in What NOW?! at the end of today’s show. Watch the discussion after the jump.

 

Happy 'unequal pay' day!

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