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Gov. Mark Dayton signs Women’s Economic Security Act into law

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (WXOW) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is looking to expand economic opportunity for women.

Sunday he signed the Women's Economic Security Act into law. In Minnesota, women make up half the workforce but earn an average of 80 cents for every dollar men are paid, according to the Office of Gov. Dayton.

WESA should strengthen workplace protections for pregnant women and nursing mothers, and expand employment opportunities for women in high-wage, high-demanding jobs, according to Dayton's office.

They also said the law will also reduce the gender pay gap by strengthening enforcement of equal pay laws.

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