FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - This Tuesday marked equal pay day. INC took a closer look at why so many women's groups are pushing the day to highlight a wage gap between men and women.
Women are working more, but they're making less- less than their male counterparts at least. National numbers show women are making 23% less then men, The Fort Wayne Women's Bureau and the YWCA were among a number of partners that highlighted the problem Tuesday morning and possible solutions.
One woman in the group said it's time to vote out lawmakers that don't support wage legislation like the Paycheck Fairness Act. It would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act passed by Congress almost 50 years ago. While women make 77 cents on the dollar compared to a man, the numbers are even worse in the Hoosier State, Indiana is ranked as the 5th worst state when it comes to women's pay at 72 cents per dollar.
While the last 2 congresses passed the Paycheck Fairness Act, it fell just short in the Senate. Numbers show nearly 1/3rd of women headed households are living below the poverty level.
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