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Women Still Not Paid as Much as Men in Florida

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According to a report from the National Partnership for Women & Families, Florida's working women make 80 cents for every $1 men make.

But that's still better than the national average.

Florida ranks 11th among the nation in women's equal pay. The national average is 77 cents paid to women for every $1 men are paid.

The report says the median yearly salary gap between women and men has increased by $1,000 since last year.

Founder of Women Executive Leadership Cindy Kusher told the Orlando Sentinel women may not be asking for raises when they should.

"Men are bold in asking for increases, and women aren't," she said.

Another nonprofit organization called Catalyst says that the gap in salaries starts early.

Catalyst, an organization that works to expand opportunities for women, said its research shows that the gap exists even when accounting for the time off some women leave the workforce to raise children. The disparity starts early, Catalyst said. "Women graduating business school are placed in lower positions and on average, paid $4,600 a year less in their first jobs than men. "By mid-career, they're making $31,000 less than men," said Serena Fong, spokeswoman for Catalyst. The organization does not analyze women's pay by state.

The gap is even bigger for black and Hispanic women.