Equal Pay Day points to 100-year wage gap for women's work

It took 3 extra months, but women finally catch up to a man's income for last year

"Every single hard-working family in Montana has a stake in ensuring women and men are paid a fair day's wage for a fair day's work", Governor Bullock said in a press release. Suffice it to say that women have to work for 15+ months to earn what men make in 12 months.

The median pay for Florida women who work full time, year-round is $36,112 a year, compared with $41,586 for Florida men, according to the report. Florida has the third-smallest, cents-on-the-dollar gap in the nation, behind California and NY, which have gaps of 12 cents and 11 cents, respectively, according to the report. At the moment women are earning $0.80 on the dollar of their male co-workers, according to the Institute of Women's Policy Research and women are protesting, and rallying to spread the news that it's about time women are paid equally.

The majority (63%) of the time in the USA, men are offered higher salaries than women for the same role at the same company, according to wage gap data and survey responses compiled by Hired.

Although North Carolina fares marginally better than the national average of 79 cents to the dollar, the gap increases significantly among women of color. Also in 2016, on the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Act, Obama instated equal pay rules, requiring companies with 100 employees or more to report their their pay data by gender. The gap is now 68.3 percent, according to the task force. In honor of Equal Pay Day a year ago, Vogue produced a list of red ensembles - all of which were straight off the runway, but, nonetheless, still in the spirit of the movement. African-American women earn 62 cents for every dollar a White man earns, Hispanic women make 54 cents.

"Even when women are in these high-powered jobs, when they're in the kinds of roles that should be making higher wages, they're making less than men in those roles", Harris says. "There is consistently a pattern of men being paid more". And since the wage gap is less prevalent among low earners overall, these women may continue to bring home paychecks that match their husbands'. The Arkansas Equal Pay Coalition has come up with a nice way to observe the day, with three participating businesses offering 20 percent off to women: Women in Arkansas earn approximately 80% compared to men.

In a statement, National Partnership president Debra Ness said claims that wage disparity might be based entirely on women's choices are unfounded. "If our country is to thrive, we must root out bias in wages, reject outdated stereotypes, and stop penalizing women for having children and caring for their families".

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