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Study: Mississippi's gender wage gap nearly $4B

Tuesday is Equal Pay Day and a study conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families says Mississippi women who are employed full-time, year-round are paid on average 77 cents for every dollar paid to men.

That is a yearly pay gap of $9,385, according to the study, and means that women in the state are shorted nearly $4 billion every year.

The study also found that for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men in Mississippi, African American women who work full-time, year-round are paid 56 cents and Latinas women 54 cents.

Every state and 98 percent of the country's congressional districts has a wage gap, the study shows. The 10 states with the largest cents-on-the-dollar wage gaps in the country -- from largest to smallest -- are Louisiana, Utah, Wyoming, West Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, Idaho, Oklahoma, Montana and Michigan.

Details: NationalPartnership.org/Gap

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