Group rallies for equal pay among men and women in front of courthouse

Tuesday has been named Equal Pay Day in South Bend.

Women’s groups spoke out on the courthouse steps in an effort to narrow the wage gap between men and women.

The event was organized by the YWCA from North Central Indiana.

Speakers from the “Y” and League of Women Voters and the American Association of University women all spoke.

Studies show that Indiana ranks 41st in the country among equal pay.

In the Hoosier state women only make 73 cents for every dollar a man.

“It's a persistent wage gap and it's going to exist and women need to band together and speak out about it,” says YWCA executive director Linda Baechle. “That's the start. Let's shine a spotlight on what's happening.”

Michigan was ranked even lower than Indiana at 44th.

In the Wolverine state on average a woman is paid 74 cents for every dollar.

The national average wage gap is 77 cents.

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