Iowa Lawmakers Show Support of Equal Pay Day

The day represents how far into the year women must work in order to earn what men earned the year before. Businesses in 25 cities are offering 20 percent discounts or special offers on Tuesday.

A rally in Duluth attempted to raise awareness about the pay gap and find local solutions to the problem.

Over fifty years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women continue to earn about eighty percent as much money as men.

"If something came up for a promotion or a wage increase I felt like, several times, I was passed over because I was a woman and the man got it", said Kiehna.

On average, Missouri women are paid 78 cents for every dollar paid to men. Statewide, that amount decreases to 77 cents.

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Porteus said, "People can really use the #20percentcounts as they're thinking about what equal pay means to them and start sharing that more publicly". April 4 symbolizes when the typical woman's earnings catch up to what a man earned the previous year, according to the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE).

Executive Director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, Karen King says, the median annual earnings for local women working full-time a year ago was nearly $41,000 versus $51,000 for men. During the Ivanka Trump-led meeting, Trudeau and group members discussed ways to promote education, entrepreneurship, equal pay and paid leave for female workers. "The realities experienced by working women do not reflect what exists on paper".

States are offering creative solutions to expand protections for women and close federal loopholes in the fight to end the gender wage gap, NBC News reported. Women also make an estimated $0.77 on the $1 made by men for doing the same job.

Terry Sanders heads the Florida National Organization for Women, which has long pushed for a higher minimum wage, equal-pay laws and paid family and medical leave.

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