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Progress in the States for Equal Pay

For 55 years, federal law has required that male and female employees receive equal pay for equal work. Yet women typically make just 80 cents on every dollar paid to men for full-time, year-round work, a gap in wages that has barely budged over the last decade. Across the country, state lawmakers are working to change this.

Across the country, there is a growing movement to finally close these wage gaps. In the past few years, lawmakers have introduced legislation in over two-thirds of the states to finally ensure that workers receive equal pay, no matter where they work, and many of these bills have become law. State efforts to close the wage gap not only make meaningful change for women’s and families’ economic security, they also lift the states’ economies. This fact sheet highlights states that enacted equal pay legislation in 2017 and 2018.