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Demonstrators mark Equal Pay Day in downtown Kalispell

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Demonstrators gathered in downtown Kailspell on Tuesday to join a nationwide effort known as Equal Pay Day to recognize and raise awareness about the gender pay gap.

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, women in Montana who hold full-time, year-round jobs make nearly $13,000 less than men who hold a full-time, year-round job. This means that Montana women are paid 73 cents for every dollar paid to men.  

Demonstration organizer Betty Kuffel says it's important for women to stand up for themselves.

"Many of the women I know have experienced problems in not receiving equal pay," Kuffel said. "And so I think that improving and increasing the awareness within the entire population and emphasizing equality is really important."

Equal Pay Day is celebrated on a different day every year. This is because on this year, April 4 marks the day working women "catch up" to the earnings of men the year prior.

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