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Report: Equal Pay a Lifetime Away for Michigan Women

Experts say encouraging girls to pursue nontraditional careers from an early age will help close the wage gap in Michigan. (Dia2018/morguefile)
Experts say encouraging girls to pursue nontraditional careers from an early age will help close the wage gap in Michigan. (Dia2018/morguefile)
April 4, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – A baby girl born this year in Michigan won't likely see pay equity in her working life, according to new research which looks at what it will take to close the pay gap across the country. The report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research projects that at the current pace, Michigan women won't achieve pay equity until the year 2084.

Senior research associate Julie Anderson says that won't change as long as so many women in the state are trapped in low-wage jobs.

"So until women tend to move into jobs that maybe have not been traditional for them but have higher earnings, that's going to be a little bit stagnant and it's going to take a longer time," she explained.

She says many of the states that are projected to close the wage gap sooner have family-friendly laws that help propel women forward on the books, including paid sick leave and tax credits for child care and education.

Anderson says in addition to a shift in policies, the state and the country will need a cultural shift in order to really make a dent in the wage gap.

"Are we encouraging girls at a young age about jobs that are projected to have sort of family-sustaining wages so they are making informed decisions?" she asked. "If we just keep letting people go into the traditional occupations then we will remain stuck."

Women from across the state are planning to gather in Lansing for an Equal Pay Day rally later this month.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI