Lawmakers, businesses espouse different solutions to Missouri’s gender pay gap

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks to students at Rock Bridge High School April 15 in Columbia.

Research from the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri says that women in Missouri, on average, make only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. For the country as a whole, it’s 78 cents.

Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has signed multiple executive orders to try and address the so-called gender pay gap within the state workforce.

Some Missouri lawmakers have promoted pay equity protection bills, although few, if any, have passed in the Republican-controlled legislature.

Others, such as the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, are against further equal pay legislation. To them, adequate law already exists, and the difference in pay is primarily due to larger culturally-ingrained factors. To fix this, we must focus instead on better education practices and social programs, they say.

Read the Missourian’s coverage of the different approaches to addressing equal pay here.

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Author: Zachary Reger

A graduate of the University of Missouri with degrees in journalism, philosophy and film studies, Zach's primary interests lie in political reporting, media production and social philosophy.

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