BROOKFIELD - The numbers are discouraging, but the advocacy group
Business and Professional Women is dedicated to closing the pay
Roberta Gassman, Department of Workforce Development secretary,
spoke to the organization Friday during its annual statewide
convention in Brookfield.
"We used to wear buttons (with the pay equity gap),"
Gassman said. "For years in the 1970s and 1980s, the button
said 59 cents. We have made progress, it’s now 74 cents."
The pay equity gap is the gap between what women are paid and
what men are paid for equitable jobs. Current statistics show that
women make 74 cents for every dollar earned by men, Gassman said.
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