Webber files bill to promote pay equity among sexes

Working women in Missouri earn, on average, less than 80 cents for every dollar paid to men in the workforce, a gap that has narrowed over time but remains a major social and economic issue, state Rep. Stephen Webber said Tuesday.

Under a bill filed Monday, Webber, D-Columbia, seeks to close that gap with a low-cost proposal that would provide guidelines for businesses and government agencies on the issues involved.

In a news release announcing his bill, Webber cited a report from the American Association of University Women that studied gender pay equity with state-by-state, age and industry analyses.

In Missouri, the study found, women earn an average of 79 percent of what men earn, slightly better than the national average of 78 percent. The narrowest gap was in Washington, D.C., where women earn 91 cents for every dollar earned by men, and the widest gap was in Louisiana, where it was 66 cents.

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