Indiana among worst states for the gender pay gap, study says

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - If you're a woman who works in Indiana, you're probably earning less than your male counterparts.

That's according to a new study released by the American Association of University Women, which ranked Indiana among the 20 worst states for the gender pay gap.

You can compare Indiana with others states here.

The average Hoosier woman makes 76 cents for every dollar a man makes. That's worse than the national average of about 80 cents on the dollar.

Professor Ann Savage at Butler University studies gender, women and sexuality, and believes there's sexism at work in the workplace.

“The average woman is expected to lose over $500,000 in her lifetime,” said Savage. "As a culture we do not value the feminine and we do not value women’s work."

Indiana has a civil rights law, but some say it doesn't go far enough. That's why Democrat State Senator Jean Breaux authored an equal pay bill last legislative session, but it never received a hearing.

She vows to try again this year.

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