Regardless of what critics say, research overwhelmingly shows that the gender wage gap exists. An analysis by the American Association of University Women found that Utah has the largest gender wage gap for full-time, year-round working women, placing Utah 50th in the nation for gender pay inequality.

To help close the gap, the Salt Lake Chamber and the Women's Leadership Institute recently released the "Best Practices Guide for Closing the Gender Wage Gap."

"The tone must be set by top leadership of a company to make closing the gender wage gap and advancing women a core mission," said Melanie Vartabedian, litigation partner at Ballard Spahr. "For companies that have women in high-level positions, they are showing their employees what they value."

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