Equal Pay? How far have we come in 50 years?
In April of this year, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. When the act was signed in 1963, women working in the United States made 59 cents to every dollar a man made. It's hard to believe the national figure has only increased to 77 cents in 50 years.
Here are the current statistics:
- It took 50 years for the national wage gap to close 18 cents.
- In California, women employed full-time are paid 85 cents for every dollar paid to men. On average, that's a yearly gap of $7,464.
- Nationally, African American women are paid 64 cents and Latina women are paid 55 cents to every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.
- According to The Wage Project, there is a lifetime gap between women and men of approximately $700,000 for high school graduates and more than $1 million for college graduates.
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