Gender Pay Gap

Natalie Costa

The pay gap has barely budged in a decade. In 2013, among full-time, year-round workers, women were paid 78 percent of what men were paid.

Women in every state experience the pay gap, but some states are worse than others.The best place in the United States for pay equity is Washington, D.C., where women were paid 91 percent of what men were paid in 2013. At the other end of the spectrum is Louisiana, the worst state in the country for pay equity, where women were paid just 66 percent of what men were paid.

The pay gap grows with age.Women typically earn about 90 percent of what men are paid until they hit 35. After that median earnings for women are typically 75–80 percent of what men are paid.

Black and Hispanic women earn less than their white and Asian peers do, even when they have the same educational credentials.

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In 2013, female full-time workers made only 78 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 22 percent.

According to our research, if change continues at the same slow pace as it has done for the past fifty years, it will take almost fifty years—or until 2058—for women to finally reach pay parity.

Over a 45-year working life, the average woman will have been paid nearly half a million dollars less than her male colleague doing the same job.

Equal Pay Act 1963

Paycheck Fairness Act 2009

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