9/28/12

Gender Wage Gap in 97% of US Congressional Districts

A stunning first-ever analysis of US Census Bureau data, released on September 20, shows that women's median annual pay is lower than men's in 97% of US Congressional Districts.

The results of the deeply troubling analysis, conducted by the National Partnership for Women and Families, provide a unique opportunity for advocates and lawmakers to look at the gender wage gap as a national phenomenon.

In New York State, the median pay for a woman working full time year- round is $42,113 per year, while a man's median yearly pay is $50,388.  Full-time working women in New York State earn 84 cents for every dollar earned by men working full-time, which adds up to a yearly gap of $8,275.

In New York's 13th Congressional District, a woman earns 88% of a man's pay, losing $6,881 annually.

Nationally, women with full time, year-round jobs still earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by full-time working men:  a gap totaling $11,084 a year.

The gap is bigger for women of color:  African American women earn 64 cents and Latinas earn 55 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men.

The Paycheck Fairness Act, which would improve enforcement of existing fair pay legislation, is stalled in Congress.

Click here to see the statistics for New York State, broken out by congressional district. 

View statistics across all states and congressional districts at www.NationalPartnership.org/Gap.

More information on the wage gap at www.NationalPartnership.org/FairPay.

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