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Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann response to "Equal Pay Day"


Tuesday marks "Equal Pay Day", the date that symbolizes how far into the new year the average American woman would have to work to earn what the average American man did in the previous year.

According to the White House, full-time working women earn 77% of what their male counterparts make. This means that women have to work about three months more to earn what men do.

FOX28 spoke with Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann about the issue and what the state is planning to do to make equal wages. She says, "Certainly, I'm a huge supporter of women in the workforce and that equal work should equal equal pay. The state of Indiana's position is 'let's make sure the jobs are available.' Governor Pence has committed that job creation be job one of our administration and we've been working hard at that."

So far the state has no legislation in the works for equal pay. Ellspermann says their primary focus is building up small businesses, creating new ones through entrepreneurship, and creating jobs.

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