Scott signs equal pay proclamation

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) A new proclamation is attempting to bring greater awareness to equal pay in Vermont.

Gov. Phil Scott signed the official announcement Tuesday, declaring it "Equal Pay Day." The event was meant to represent how far into the current year women must work to earn as much as a man did last year. Speakers say it's a reminder of the work that still needs to be done to close the gender wage gap.

"This disparity affects women of all education fields, of all backgrounds, in all fields, at all levels in the workplace. It starts right out of school and it just widens after children enter the family," said Cary Brown with the Vermont Commission on Women.

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, Vermont has one of the lowest gender wage gaps in the nation. It says Vermont women who are employed full time are typically paid 86 cents for every $1 paid to a man. That's a difference of about $6,700 a year. The group says that means Vermont women lose-- in total-- more than $1 billion each year to the gender wage gap.