The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) released a comprehensive 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 – on April 9.
NWLC’s analysis showed a wage gap in every state and some especially striking racial and ethnic disparities.
Michigan has the 7th worst wage gap in the country. On average, a woman in Michigan who works full time, year round is paid 74 cents for every dollar paid to a man, compared to the overall national average wage gap of 77 cents.
The wage gap is even wider for African-American and Hispanic women in Michigan, who earn 68 cents and 55 cents, respectively, to every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.
Additional analysis on the economic status of women in Michigan is available at: http://www.nwlc.org/wage-gap-state-state
“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. “And for women of color, the situation is even worse. At a time when families are relying increasingly on women’s wages, it’s especially critical to close this gap. 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.”
More on fair pay and the wage gap is available at: http://www.nwlc.org/our-issues/employment/equal-pay-and-the-wage-gap
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