Despite gains, still a gender gap in pay, jobs, education

In Connecticut's richest towns, women who work full time make half as much as men. Statewide, women who work as physicians earn 56 percent as much as a man in the same job. Only 17 percent of women in Connecticut's cities have a bachelor's degree.

Despite broad gains in recent decades for women in the Connecticut labor force, stubborn disparities remain in pay, education and the types of jobs women are likely to work, according to a report from a state agency.

Carolyn Treiss, executive director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, which funded the report, said while there is no way to force pay equity on private companies, shedding light on the situation can help bring change.

"Our job at PCSW is to study these chronic issues and make the government, the public and the business community aware of practices that hurt women and families," she said in an email. "We provide them with hard data which, we hope, they will consider when forming policies and practices."

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