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Nationwide working families lose 200 billion of income annually to the wage gap Many want to finally put a stop to all of this Many women feel that its not like they get charged less for rent or food or utilities In fact they pay more for things like haircuts and dry cleaning and so on Over a life time of work the 26 cents-on-the-dollar women are losing adds up The average 25-year-old working woman will lose 523000 to unequal pay during her working life And because women paid less now they have less to save for theyre futures and they will earn smaller pensions than men In 1994 womens private-pension benefits were less than half those of men just 3000 a year compared with 7800 These figures are even worse for women of color African American women earn only 67 cents and Latinas 58 cents for every dollar that men earn Asian Pacific American women earn less too Their pay inequality is less severe than for women as a whole but still earn only 80 cents for every dollar that men earn Equal pay is a bread-and-butter issue for working families More than two-thirds of all mothers in the United States work for pay Two-earner families are todays norm among married couples and a growing number of single women provide most or all of their families support Altogether almost two-thirds of all working women and slightly more than half of married women responding to the AFL-CIOs 1997 Ask A Working Woman survey said they provide half or more of their families incomes Little wonder then that 94 percent of working women in the Ask A Working Woman surveyalmost every onedescribed equal pay as very important that two of every five cited pay as the biggest problem women face at work and that one-third of all women and half of African American women said
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