Tuesday. April 4 is Equal Pay Day, and a group called The National Partnership for Women and Families is pointing out what would happen if women were paid on an equal basis with men.

Director of Workplace Policy for National Partnership.org, Sarah Fliesch-Flink said the statistics are plain for all to see.

"Women are paid 73 cents for every dollar a man earns in Montana, the sixth largest gap in the nation," Fleisch-Fink said. "Nationwide, women earn about 80 cents on the dollar. If the annual wage gap were eliminated, on average a working woman in Montana would have enough money for 18 additional months of child care, two additional years of tuition and fees for a four years public university, or the full cost of two years at a community college. She would have 85 more weeks of food for her family, or 9.6 more months of mortgage and utilities payments or over 16 additional months of rent."

Fleisch-Fink said her organization is urging Montana residents to contact their congressional delegation and support the Paycheck Fairness Act, as well as their local representatives to address the issue of equal pay for women.

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