By Patricia D. Jehlen

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a woman working full time in Massachusetts earns 82 cents for every dollar paid to a man in Massachusetts. A report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research projects that the gender wage gap in Massachusetts will not close on its own until 2058.

The Massachusetts Equal Pay Act has wide support from a majority of House members, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Attorney General Maura Healey, Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Auditor Suzanne Bump, as well as the Massachusetts Equal Pay Coalition and its more than 40 members.

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