Women and Pay Equity


Women and Pay Equity: The Facts (4/29/2009)
by Robin Reed, Online Outreach Manager,
National Women’s Law Center

Today, we’ve been sharing a lot of statistics on Twitter about fair pay for women. In case you missed some, here’s the full list:

Today, Equal Pay Day, marks the point in 2009 when the average woman’s wages finally catch up with those paid to the average man in 2008.

46 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963, the wage gap has closed just 19¢, a rate of less than half a penny a year.

Women overall still make only 78¢ for every dollar earned by men – and for women of color, the numbers are even worse. African-American women earn 62¢ and Latinas earn 53¢ for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men.

See what the wage gap is for women in your state: http://bit.ly/JWYEv
More than 14.4 million women are poor, and women were 42 percent more likely to live in poverty than men in 2007.

DC has the smallest wage gap in the U.S. at 93%. Wyoming had the widest gap, with women making 63% of what men are paid.

The Paycheck Fairness Act would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and provide the government with tools to monitor and address pay inequity.

25% of Native American women and 24% of African-American women lived in poverty in 2007. So did 21% of Hispanic women, 10% of Asian women & 9% of white non-Hispanic women. In comparison, 6% of white, non-Hispanic men lived in poverty in 2007. (Source: http://is.gd/uXoa)

In 2007, female workers over 25 with some high school education earned a median annual income of $15,373, compared to $25,074 for men.
In March 2009, women’s unemployment jumped to 7%, the highest rate in over 25 years.
In 2007, 5.8 million families with children were poor, and more than 6 in 10 of these families were headed by women

The poverty rate for female-headed families with children was 37%, more than twice the rate for male-headed families with children (17.4%) and all families with children (15%).

In 2007 the median weekly wages earned by women physicians were just 59% of the median weekly wages of male physicians.

By 2004 a typical woman who graduated college in 1984 had lost more than $440,000 during that period due to the wage gap.

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2 thoughts on “Women and Pay Equity

  1. My goal is not to convince you about the validity of the data, but to have you and all others who read the blog acknowledge that equal pay for equal work needs to be and should be the law of the land.

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