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Rep. Dingell releases report showing pay gap on Equal Pay Day

Alexander Grey

Today is a notable day for people fighting for pay equity. It’s Equal Pay Day, where attention is called to the pay gap between men and women in the workforce.

Equal Pay Day represents how far into the year women would have to work to be paid the same amount that men did in the previous year. This year, on average, a woman had to work until today to earn what a man did in 2022.

A report released today by Rep. Dingell concludes that women earn on average 24 cents less than one dollar a man earns.

“This report confirms what we have long known: that despite playing a critical role in the workforce, women are still not paid equally for equal work," Dingell said in a press release.

According to the report, only 47% of all managers in the workforce were women and the pay gap was larger in management roles.

To address such disparities, congressional democrats have introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act to close loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act.

Ben Jodway is an intern, serving as a reporter for WCMU Public Media and the Pioneer in Big Rapids. He has covered Indigenous communities and political extremism in Michigan.