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Equal Work for Equal Pay Day…Are Women Being Short-changed?

It’s been the law of the land since the 1960′s–equal work for equal pay.  But some say more of an effort has to be made to make sure women aren’t being discriminated against.  And a new report indicates that any wage disparity begins early in a woman’s career.

Study finds women paid less than men beginning right after graduation

As President Obama is set to sign a couple of executive actions, he says will further level the playing field in gender and race, comes word of another report that indicates there is a difference in the rate men and women are paid.

MLive.com is reporting today the results of a study by the American Association of University Woman that studied salaries of college grads–both men and women–12 months after graduation.  It found, on average, that women earned between 82% and 86% of what men did.

The wage gap was signicantly wider for graduates of private non-profit universities.

The report also found that while there appeared to be no significant difference in salary for men and women with degrees in education, health care, sciences and humanities, there was a difference for graduates in business, engineering and computer science.

The report also found the wage disparity had an impact on females’ ability to payback student loans.  Women were more likely than men to borrow to attend school but women were more likely to graduate then men.

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