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Where the presidential candidates stand on equal pay

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What is the next president's position on the gender pay gap?

With Donald Trump now accusing Hillary Clinton of playing the "woman card," and #womancard lighting up social media, it's clear gender issues will play a central role in this year's election for president.

One of the core concerns is income inequality between men and women, also known as the gender pay gap. Overall, a woman makes about 76 cents for every dollar a man does. Even when comparing the sexes with the same job title at the same company and using similar education and experience, the gap persists. Men earned 5.4 percent more than women on average, according to a recent study by salary-tracking website Glassdoor.

During President Obama's administration, he signed two executive orders in 2014 to prevent workplace discrimination. However, that same year, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which provides more accountability for employers and greater protections for employees who raise gender-based wage discrimination issues, was blocked by Republican lawmakers. The fate of the act may fall, in part, to the next commander-in-chief.

Here's a look at where each candidate stands on pay issues.

By CNBC's Jessica Dickler

Posted on 28 April 2016