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White House wants company data to fight gender pay gap

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The White House would like private companies to submit salary data in an effort to further reduce the pay gap between men and women.

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The proposal comes on the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. That was the first bill President Barack Obama signed into law in 2009 making it easier for women to bring lawsuits for pay discrimination. The White House will host a “United State of Women” Summit May 23.

White House officials conceded that progress has been slow since Obama signed the fair pay law on his ninth day as president. When that bill was passed, women were paid an average of 77 cents for every dollar a man earns and now it's 79 cents.

"Bridging the stubborn pay gap between men and women in the workforce has proven to be very challenging," said Valerie Jarrett, a senior Obama adviser.

"This is an issue that’s personal for President Obama. As he has said over and over again, there’s no reason why his daughters should be paid any less than anyone’s sons for doing the same job."

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