By Yolanda Putman

Across the country, women earned 83 cents for every $1 earned by a man in 2015, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of median hourly earnings of both full- and part-time employees. In Tennessee, women earned 82 cents for every dollar paid to a man, amounting to a yearly wage gap of about $7,652 for full-time employees, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families.

It was 2015 when the Institute for Women’s Policy Research released a report naming Tennessee as one of the worst states for women. The Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga will spend this year working for improvement by drawing attention to policies and disparities concerning women.

“We have an action plan to help Tennessee move from 49 to 1 in the status of women and that is to focus our work on the seven places that matter most to the status of women,” says Emily O’Donnell, executive director of the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga.

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