Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilwoman Kate Gallego announced a new effort to ensure that city of Phoenix contractors — those paid with taxpayer dollars — practice equal pay for equal work among men and women.

On National Equal Pay Day, Stanton asked Gallego to lead an effort over the next few months to draft an equal pay measure that better ensures fair pay in the workplace, and includes mechanisms to enforce the policy.

Across the nation, women are paid 77 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make. Although it trails the District of Columbia in pay equity, Arizona has the smallest pay gap among the 50 states: women earn about 86 percent of what their male counterparts earned [Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics].

Later this year, Gallego will present her recommendation for a City Council vote.

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