Thursday, July 2, 2015

Equal pay? No way

We're well into April already, so it's kind of depressing to think that women, on average, across the nation, have had to work this long into the year to equal wages that men earned in 2010. Today, Tuesday, is known as Equal Pay Day for that reason. Nationally, women working full-time are paid an average of only 77 cents for every dollar paid to full-time working men. The good news is that gap is narrowing -- at about half a cent a year. So let's all look forward 2058, when everything will be equal.

Equal pay? No way

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We're well into April already, so it's kind of depressing to think that women, on average and across the nation, have had to work this long into the year to equal wages that men earned in 2010. Today, Tuesday, is known as Equal Pay Day for that reason.  Nationally, women working full-time are paid an average of only 77 cents for every dollar paid to full-time working men. The good news is that gap is narrowing -- at about half a cent a year. So let's all look forward 2058, when everything will be equal. 

All this research comes from the National Partnership for Women & Families, in conjunction with the American Association of University Women and is based on census data.

In Pennsylvania, women earn an average of $35,301 per year, while a man working full time brings home $46,747. You can do the math -- the difference is $11,446 per year. Multiply that by the number of working women in the Keystone State and the number nearly reaches $19.2 billion.

In New Jersey, wages for both genders are higher: Men earn $57,738 per year and women earn $44,166, a difference of $13,572. Multiply the difference by the number of working women in the Garden State and the number nearly reaches $15.8 billion. 

In Delaware, the average working woman earns $37,645 per year, while a man with a full time job gets paid $48,038. The gap -- $10,393 -- multiplied by the number of working women amounts to nearly $1.3 billion.

Where this disparity becomes critical is when it applies to households headed by women. In Delaware, there are 45,538 households headed by women and just over one in five of those households live below poverty level. It's the same proportion in New Jersey, where there are 413,308 household headed by women. In Pennsylvania, the situation is considerably worse, because 27 percent of the 575,738 households headed by women live below the poverty line. That's 157,752 families.

You can access the Partnership's analysis of the state-by-state data by clicking here.

  

Inquirer Staff Writer
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