By Dallas Parker

“The gender gap a lot of times can be caused by women coming in and out of the workforce. They leave or raise their families and then come back in and sometimes there’s that gap,” Batye said.

Batye acknowledged the problem but didn’t think it’s something that’s easily solved.

“I don’t have the solution to it, but I think making people aware of the problem and how we can work through it, is a good first step.”

The national average across all pay-grades is 20 percent. According to research by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, women make $0.76 to the man’s dollar.

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