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By MELISSA RIGNEY BAXTER - Special to GM Today 

May 17, 2008


BROOKFIELD - The numbers are discouraging, but the advocacy group Business and Professional Women is dedicated to closing the pay equity gap.

Roberta Gassman, Department of Workforce Development secretary, spoke to the organization Friday during its annual statewide convention in Brookfield.

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"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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This story appeared in The Freeman on May 17, 2008.