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Mass. lags on pay for women in the US

Disparity with men among highest

Despite Massachusetts’ historic leadership on pay equity ­— in 1945 it became the first state to require equal pay for comparable work —­ the gap between men’s and women’s salaries here is now among the biggest in the country.

Women earned 77 percent of what men took home in median full-time pay, placing Massachusetts 37th among states and the District of Columbia, according to 2011 US Census Bureau data analyzed by the American Association of University Women.

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