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Seattle women gather to recognize #EqualPayDay

People celebrate Equal Pay Day in Seattle on April 10, 2018 (KOMO Photo)

SEATTLE – Hundreds of women and men gathered in Pioneer Square on Tuesday to acknowledge Equal Pay Day, a day symbolizing how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

Nationally, women earn about 77 cents for every dollar the average men make, according to a 2016 study.

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The wage gap increases in Washington, where women make 23 cents less per dollar than the average man.

Some local businesses honored the day as well. Molly Moon's Ice Cream shops in Seattle donated 21 percent of their sales Tuesday to support equal pay for women.

The conference, hosted by Payscale, welcomed hundreds of Seattle workers who heard lectures on equal representation in the workforce, negotiation tips, and a seminar on how men can be allies in bridging the wage gap.

Guests were also encouraged to make a commitment to helping those underrepresented achieve high-paying jobs.

You can find more information on that campaign here.

On Monday, a federal appeals court ruled that women can't be paid less than men based on past wages. The ruling was unanimous by an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The court held "pay differences based on prior salaries are inherently discriminatory under the federal Equal Pay Act because the previous salaries were the result of gender bias," according to The Associated Press.

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