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Gender gap among Wis. workers increases


MADISON (WKOW) -- The gap between what men and women earned in Wisconsin last year widened slightly, according to a study released Tuesday by the Wisconsin Women's Council.

The report found women made 81 cents for every $1 earned by men, down from 82 cents to the dollar in 2008.

In all, women earned a median hourly wage of $14.50 per hour, which equals approximately $30,200 for full-time workers in annual wages, about $7,200 less than what a man would make on average for full-time work.

At a news conference Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton said she is disappointed in the "glacial" pace of progress.

Laura Dresser of the Center on Wisconsin Strategy says the "underlying gender gap in wages is persistent and still with us."

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