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Equal Pay Day highlights pay inequality

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April 12 is Equal Pay Day.

It symbolizes the day that women have to work until in order to make as much as men did the previous year.

According to the National Partnership of Women and Families, women in Michigan make 75 cents to every dollar that men make.

In Michigan, the median annual pay for a woman with a full time job is $37,419. But for men, it’s $50,157, accounting for an annual wage gap of $12,738.

Lori Bommarito is a partner at Zolton Law Offices in Saginaw County. She’s also the Chapter President of the National Association of Career Women.

“I believe that the difference in pay is prevalent in society,” Bommarito said.

Bommarito said sometimes women have a harder time negotiating for a higher salary. But she said it’s important for women to stand up for what they are worth.

“Believe in yourself and know that you are valuable," Bommarito said. "You’re a valuable member of a team. And as a valuable member, you should be compensated accordingly.”

On Tuesday, two of the largest companies in America said they are paying men and women equally. Facebook announced that both sexes earn the same. Meanwhile, Microsoft reported that its female employees make roughly 99.8 cents for every dollar a man makes.

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