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Day two of David Pecker testimony wraps in NY Trump trial; Supreme Court hears arguments on Idaho's near-total abortion ban; ND sees a flurry of campaigning among Native candidates; and NH lags behind other states in restricting firearms at polling sites.

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The Senate moves forward with a foreign aid package. A North Carolina judge overturns an aged law penalizing released felons. And child protection groups call a Texas immigration policy traumatic for kids.

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Wyoming needs more educators who can teach kids trade skills, a proposal to open 40-thousand acres of an Ohio forest to fracking has environmental advocates alarmed and rural communities lure bicyclists with state-of-the-art bike trail systems.

Women’s Equality Day: Michigan Women Still Not Quite Equal

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Thursday, August 26, 2010   

LANSING, Mich. - "You've come a long way, baby!" The outdated 1970's cigarette slogan still rings true for contemporary women, who today celebrate Women's Equality Day and the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote and hold office.

It took nearly 75 years for the Women's Suffrage movement to see the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Sandy Soifer, executive director of the Michigan Womens Hall of Fame says despite much progress, disparities remain.

"Women did win the vote, but we know that there are many different venues where women are not considered equal, and particularly the workplace inequities. You meet young women who are coming out of college, and for the first time, they realize that in many workplace environments there are obstacles."

According to the U.S. Census, more than half of all women workers hold lower-paying sales, clerical and service industry jobs. Michigan ranks in the bottom 10 states for wage disparity with women in this state making about 72 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. Nationally, women earn about 77 cents compared to men.

Soifer hopes commemorating this landmark will raise awareness of the remaining inequities facing women today.
She says many young women don't realize the efforts made on their behalf.

"They just do not realize the struggle that has taken place over decades. Yes, we have come so far, but we are not there yet, and we do have other things that need to be done to heighten awareness about this."


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