On average, women earned about 77% as much as men did last year, according to data from the Census Bureau. At this rate, the gender wage gap will not be eliminated until 2058, according to an analysis by the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Inadequate child care policies and slow wage growth among low-paid individuals may be contributing to the gap, said Heidi Hartmann, the institute's president. "In general there's not enough attention in society to the protections we already have in law," she said.
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