DeBlog: Do Women Really Get Paid Less Than Men?

By Jason DeRusha, WCCO-TV

Tonight’s Good Question is challenging a statistic we hear often. A Women’s Foundation and the Humphrey Institute found that overall, women still earn 76 cents for every dollar a man earns.

It’s shocking. Offensive. Women and men should be getting paid the same amount for the same jobs, right?

House Republicans are looking to remove a requirement that women and men get paid the same in government jobs. They argue it’s a paperwork burden on local governments.  Democrats are outraged.  Pat Kessler’s covering that story for the 5 p.m. news.

But what does that statistic really mean? Do women really get paid less than men — for the same job? And why is there a disparity?

We’ll look at the factors tonight at 10.

What’s your experience with this — do you think women get a raw deal? I may use your comments in tonight’s Good Question.

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