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Local Women Bring Awareness to Gender Pay Gap on Equal Pay Day

Local Women Bring Awareness to Gender Pay Gap on Equal Pay Day
Posted at 5:35 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 14:23:21-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - It has been 54 years since the "Equal Pay Act" became law in the United States, but a pay disparity still exists.

Tuesday is "Equal Pay Day" across the country.

"Equal Pay Day" is held every April to symbolize how far into the year women need to work to make what men did in the entire previous year.

In 2017, equal wages for equal work is still far from reality.

According to the American Association of University Women, on average, women make 79 cents for every dollar a man earns in the United States.

In Florida, the gender pay gap starts at 85 cents and research shows that gap widens for women of color.

That's why women all over are speaking out about the issue today.

The group "Business & Professional Women of Tallahassee" is also hosting an "Equal Pay Day Un-Happy Hour" event Tuesday night.

The goal is to help others learn how to make a change in local communities.

That event runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Grasslands Brewing Company.