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After Past Failed Efforts, Some Hopeful Equal Pay Bill Will Get Fla. Legislative Hearing

Sascha Cordner

After many failed efforts, a group of Democratic Florida lawmakers are hoping this is the year the state legislature will close the pay gap between men and women.

If the year-round earnings of men and women continue to change at its current rate, Florida could be the first in the nation to end the gender wage gap by 2038. That’s according to a study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. But, Rep. Lori Berman (D-Lantana) says that’s too long.

“It’s not okay for us to have to wait until 2038 for women in Florida to close the pay gap,” she said. “Nationwide, 42 percent of mothers with children under the age of 18 are their families’ primary or sole breadwinners. So, when women make less than men, it affects our families. It affects our children.”

As she has for the past several years, Berman as well as other Democratic lawmakers filed bills this year to address the pay gap. But, the Republican-led legislature has never taken up the measures.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.