Gov. Brown Signs Bill Aimed at Eliminating Gender Wage Gap

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Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill aimed at eliminating the pay gap between men and women in California as supporters touted it as the strongest equal pay law in the nation.

The measure was introduced by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) in response to a study by a civil rights group that found that women in California working full time made a median 84 cents for every dollar earned by men in 2013.

“The inequities that have plagued our state … are slowly being resolved with this kind of bill,” Brown said at the signing ceremony at Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park in the Bay Area city of Richmond.

He called the measure “a very important milestone,” and said it would help the state in “reaching toward greater equity.”

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