Fair Pay: Falling Short in Every State

Fair Pay

Today, April 28, 2009, is Equal Pay Day. Below find startling data collected by the National Women’s Law Center.

Falling Short in Every State:
The Wage Gap and Harsh Economic Realities for Women Persist

In the United States, women are paid only

78¢

on average for every dollar paid to men.

More than 45 years ago, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, making it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work. The following year, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted, making it illegal to discriminate, including in compensation, on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, and national origin. At the time of the Equal Pay Act’s passage in 1963, women were paid merely 59 cents to every dollar earned by men. Although enforcement of the Equal Pay Act and Title VII has helped to narrow the wage gap, significant disparities remain and must be addressed.

State
(sort)
Women’s Earnings Ratio (sort)
Alabama
73%
Alaska
74%
Arizona
82%
Arkansas
74%
California
84%
Colorado
80%
Connecticut
76%
Delaware
80%
District of Columbia
93%
Florida
80%
Georgia
80%
Hawaii
79%
Idaho
73%
Illinois
73%
Indiana
72%
Iowa
75%
Kansas
74%
Kentucky
75%
Louisiana
65%
Maine
76%
Maryland
81%
Massachusetts
78%
Michigan
72%
Minnesota
77%
Mississippi
73%
Missouri
75%
Montana
70%
Nebraska
78%
Nevada
80%
New Hampshire
70%
New Jersey
77%
New Mexico
79%
New York
82%
North Carolina
80%
North Dakota
69%
Ohio
74%
Oklahoma
78%
Oregon
77%
Pennsylvania
75%
Rhode Island
77%
South Carolina
75%
South Dakota
73%
Tennessee
77%
Texas
79%
Utah
72%
Vermont
84%
Virginia
77%
Washington
75%
West Virginia
67%
Wisconsin
73%
Wyoming
63%

© 2009 National Women’s Law Center

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One Response

  1. There are studies showing us these numbers. Why not fund studies on how to fix this gap, which professions are affected the most by a wage gap, and what kinds of legislation could fix this. Comments are welcome here

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