For starters, women and men are soon to receive equal pay

In this year's legislative session, state lawmakers initiated a study of the wage disparity between men and women. The stat that women earn 20% less "does not factor in numerous choices that women and men make-including education, years of experience and hours worked-that influence earnings". "In fact, women - although more likely to be the caretakers and breadwinners - still earn only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men", said Rep. Maloney. She owns the Town Square Market in Carbondale and says all workers get paid by experience and time spent there, and not according to gender. It would take until today-April 4th-for a woman to earn as much money as a man did for doing the same work previous year.

Young Women's Trust is now calling for action to be taken under the new regulations, as the charity believes that whilst it is a step forward, it does not go far enough to help close the gender pay gap.

Mayor Marty Walsh announced the city is launching its second Equal Pay Awareness Week, with 14 free salary negotiation workshops for women.

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Women in male-dominated occupations are paid significantly less than similarly educated men in those occupations. While white women have greatly narrowed the wage gap, "black women only narrowed that gap by 9 cents, from earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a white man in 1980 to 65 cents today".

Minister for Women and Equalities Justine Greening said: "We have more women in work, more women-led businesses than ever before and the highest proportion of women on the boards of our biggest companies". The AAUW also offers sample materials, such as an "Equal Pay Day Proclamation".

In no other industry is there such a gulf in wages as among construction & building trades supervisors, where women are paid 45.4% lessthan women. Based on the rate that wages changed for women from 1960 to 2015, women are expected to reach pay equity in 2059, the AAUW reported.

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