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Women Still Paid Only 77 Cents for Every Dollar a Man Gets

In 2010, women who worked full-time, year round, still only earned 77 percent of what men earned. The median earnings for women were $36,931 compared with $47,715 for men, and neither real median earnings nor the female-to-male earnings ratio have increased since 2009. And even though women are outpacing men in getting college degrees, that’s not enough to close the gender pay gap.

Today is Equal Pay Day, which marks how long into the calendar year women need to work to make what men earned last year. The Center for American Progress has done a great job pulling together data on just how much it costs to be a woman. Check it out.

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