According to U.S. Census Bureau data released last week, the gender-based wage gap affects women in every corner of our state. The analysis was conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families. The full analysis includes data for all 50 states and all 435 congressional districts in the country. According to the analysis, the median yearly pay for women in North Carolina is $8,491 less than the median yearly pay for North Carolina men, or 80 cents for every dollar. Nationally the data showed, full-time working women are still paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to full-time working men. Those pushing for the Paycheck Fairness Act say it would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and establish stronger workplace protections for women. In the last two Congresses, the U.S. House of Representatives passed it, but it fell short of moving forward in the Senate. More information on the wage gap can be found at www.NationalPartnership.org/FairPay.