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Gender Income Difference

Chance Agrella
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In his State of the Union address, President Obama lamented that women make 77 cents to every dollar a man makes. A new bill in New Hampshire looks to narrow that gap. However, disagreement remains about what’s behind the difference, whether it’s the choices that women make, outright discrimination, or a combination of these and other factors.



  • Brian Gottlob- principal of Polecon Research, a firm with a focus on economic and public policy issues
  • Gayle Trotter - general counsel for the Independent Women’s Forum, a research and educational institution dedicated to expanding the conservative coalition. She is also co-founder of Shafer and Trotter, a law firm that advises entrepreneurs and small businesses.


  • Check out the 'Gender Matters' series from the New Hampshire Women's Initiative, which takes a monthly statistical look at women in the state.
  • A video from IWF that looks at how women's choices and government intervention affect the wage gap question
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