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California's gender wage gap is now the narrowest in the country

A Gap employee works at a store in San Francisco in this undated photo.
A Gap employee works at a store in San Francisco in this undated photo.
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According to new statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, women in California are now making 89 cents for every dollar earned by a man. That's up slightly from last year, and it's now the narrowest gender wage gap of any state.

Pay equity advocates say California has strong policies in place, such as the state’s paid family leave law. Nationwide, the gender wage gap has not changed much, with women's pay stuck at about 80 percent of men's wages.