Effort is on to close the gender wage gap

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DENVER -- Studies show women are still making lower wages than men on average.

President Barack Obama kicks off a push to highlight economic issues facing women today. He will visit several cities over the next few months.

Women who work full time make 77 cents for every dollar a man does. The president's tour leads up to a White House summit on working families in June.

It's an effort to level the playing field.

Studies also show this wage gap is a reality despite the fact female employees are more likely to have a higher level of education.

President Obama has been using the gender wage gap to make his case for raising the federal minimum wage. Some conservative groups are criticizing him, saying the same thing is going on in the White House with women being paid nearly $10,000 less a year than male workers.

By the way, women bring home about 45 percent of household earnings.

The president's tour will also focus on affordable child care and early childhood education.

The Small Business Administration and the National Women's Business Council will also talk about ways to encourage more women to take on careers in science, technology and engineering.

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