YWCA hosts Equal Pay for Women Day event

The date "symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year", the group had said.

The 1963 Equal Pay Act and the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act have strengthened legal channels for women to claim equitable pay, but more is needed to end wage discrimination against women. Women make up roughly half the workforce yet earn roughly 80 cents for every dollar men earn.

But that gap is wider in Ohio.

The biggest gender pay gap is among personal financial advisers where women make 61.3 percent of what their male counterparts earn, according to BLS data. "It's 2017, and women in CT are still making only 82 cents for every dollar men make in their lifetimes", said Murphy. Utilities, for example, the most unionized industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was 11th on the list of the US government's 20 sector categories ranked by the disparity between men's and women's median wages.


Catherine Crosby of Dayton Human Relations Council said all that missing money can add up to thousands of dollars per year. On average, women in CT earn only 82 cents for every dollar a man in the same job makes, with the gap being worse for women of color.

"When we think about equal pay and the challenge we have to finally level the playing field, I think this will be a very important component when we think about the future", she told CEOs at a White House-organized town hall on American business in Washington Tuesday.

"When you don't have the ability to afford certain things because your salary doesn't match, it puts you at an unfair disadvantage to pursue other opportunities".

Although progress has been made in narrowing the wage gap, it's estimated the problem won't be completely erased for another century.

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