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Utah’s ‘wage gap’ is fourth-biggest in the nation

Compared with men, Utah

women earn 70 cents on a dollar, report says.

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It also may lead women with more children to choose careers that are more family friendly, but perhaps don’t pay as well.

Julie Forsyth, a teacher at Calvin Smith Elementary in Taylorsville, says that’s partly why she became an educator. "The reason I went into it is I had children and could be at home with them more," including having the same holidays and summers off.

At a glance

Wage gaps

Biggest wage gaps, in money women earned for every $1 earned by men:

1. Wyoming, 63.8 cents.

2. Louisiana, 66.9 cents.

3. West Virginia, 69.9 cents.

4. Utah, 70.2 cents.

5. Alabama, 71.1 cents.

Smallest gaps:

1. District of Columbia, 90.4 cents.

2. (tie) Maryland, 85.3 cents.

2. (tie) Nevada, 85.3 cents

4. Vermont, 84.9 cents.

5. New York, 83.9 cents.

National average: 78.8 cents

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Some groups also say that job discrimination against women still persists. They call for more political action to help women caught in lower-paying jobs — and blame political inaction for many of their woes.

"After 11 years of no progress on equal pay, policymakers need to get moving to improve the country’s pay-discrimination laws, raise the minimum wage and remove barriers women face in higher-wage jobs," said Fatima Goss Graves, vice president of education and employment for the National Women’s Law Center.

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