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Vermont is #1 Among the States for Pay Equity

The American Association of Women Nationwide studied the pay gap between men and women and found that women receive 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. Vermont is $1 among the states with women receiving 85 cents for every dollar a man makes.

In a joint statement Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders said: “We are proud that Vermont is number 1 among the states, but we can always do better, and we can do better as a nation.” “ Pay equity should not be a partisan issue but instead an American issue of fairness. We are very proud that Vermont is a leader in this fight but more must be done to balance the pay between men and women.

The American Association of University Women Nationwide also found a widening gap in pay equity between men and women over the course of their career. Within 10 years after graduation, women begin to fall further behind and the pay equity even widens in later years. It is estimated that women college graduates will earn $1,2 million less than college educated males during their careers.

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