Monday, November 30, 2015

Study shows gender inequity in pay in PA

Twenty-three cents won't even buy you 15 minutes at a parking meter these days.

Study shows gender inequity in pay in PA


Twenty-three cents won't even buy you 15 minutes at a parking meter these days.

But it's a significant number for women in Pennsylvania. A new study released today found that on average Pennsylvania woman make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes.

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) released a state-by-state analysis of the gender wage gap in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to mark Equal Pay Day — the day when the typical woman’s earnings catch up to her male counterpart's earnings from 2012.

The NWLC analysis showed a wage gap in every state and some especially striking racial and ethnic disparities.

 On average, a woman in Pennsylvania who works full time, year round is paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to a man, which is comparable to the overall national average wage gap of 77 cents.

The disparity is about the same as in New Jersey and Ohio, but is wider than New York or Maryland, where women make 80 cents and 86 cents on each dollar earned by men respectively.

But the study found the wage gap was even wider for African-American and Hispanic women in Pennsylvania, who earn 68 cents and 56 cents, respectively, to every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.

 “This June, fifty years will have passed since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, and the gap in wages has barely budged—shrinking only 18 cents in five decades and remaining stagnant for the last decade,” said NWLC co-president Marcia D. Greenberger.“Equal pay is not an abstract principle for women and their families. It means thousands of dollars of lost wages every year that cut deeply into household budgets and force many families to go without basic necessities.”

Washington D.C. tops the list with the narrowest gap for working women, who make 90 cents for every dollar paid to men. Wyoming comes in last among all states and the District of Columbia at 66 cents for women on the male dollar.

The study also notes that women represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers — and full-time, year-round work at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour means the annual earnings of a woman with two children is  thousands of dollars below the poverty line.




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