According to Census Bureau statistics from the year 2000, full-time working women are earning 67 cents for every dollar a full-time working man receives in Michigan.
Women's advocates say new federal and state pay equity laws are necessary to put everyone on an equal playing field.
Elizabeth Homer, a National Organization for Women advocate, says women who work comparable jobs as men should be paid the same. For example, she suggested women who care for children be paid the same as a man who cares for cars.
Some argue women are attracted to lower paying jobs, but others say women don't have the same jobs or salary as men as a result of discrimination.
Some say women should look for union jobs in order to receive equal pay as men doing the same job. Others say it's necessary to pass a pay equity act to guarantee men and women will be equal in the workforce.