The Michigan income gap is the 11th worst in the nation according to a new fact sheet issued by the Michigan League for Public Policy which shows the top 1% of Michigan’s earners making 22 times more than the bottom 99%. The gap is particularly detrimental for women: Michigan ranks among the worst nationally in gender pay disparities. While this is a situation that cries out for a solution, it raises a number of questions, starting with: what kind of a problem is this? Is it a discrimination problem? A minimum wage problem? An access to post-secondary education problem? An access to quality child-care problem? Have any of you studied this question of gender income equity? What kind of data do we need to start understanding the underlying causes of this problem?