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pay equity By preventing employers from questioning a woman’s salary history to set pay decisions, the laws effectively force employers to value the position rather than the person. (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Women working full time in the United States have historically been paid just 80 percent of what their male counterparts are paid. This gap in pay tends to follow a woman from job to job because employers base a woman’s future salary on her previous, inequitable salary. Employers are blamed for perpetuating the gender pay gap and for capitalizing on cost savings in the pay disparity rather than closing the gap by paying men and women equally for the same position.

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