Battle of the Sexes
The gap in earnings for the average full-time American woman results in a loss of $11,084 per year in median earnings, according to the National Women's Law Center, which released its compiled findings ahead of Equal Pay Day on April 9. What follows is insight into this problem in particular states and districts.
The District of Columbia has the smallest documented gap between a woman's and a man's average earnings in a full-time employment setting, where the state minimum wage is $8.25. A woman makes, overall, 90.4 cents for every dollar that a man makes. But this number falls when considering African-American women, who bring in 52.6 cents for every white, non-Hispanic man's dollar, and Hispanic women, who earn just 44 cents for the dollar.
In Wyoming, where the minimum wage is $7.25, women will bring in, on average, 66.6 cents for every dollar that her male counterpart earns, marking the state that has the largest gender wage gap nationwide. That amount falls for African-American and Hispanic women, though, who will earn only 59.5 cents and 51.1 cents for the dollar that their male colleagues receive.
New York is slightly above the national trend of 77 cents for every $1. Here, women make overall 83.6 cents for every dollar that a man makes, placing this state in the middle range, nationwide, though the minimum wage here is the same as it is in Wyoming: $7.25 per hour. African-American women earn 66.5 cents for every dollar that a white man earns in this state, while Hispanic women earn only 54.1 cents for every dollar.
Though the minimum wage in Florida is higher than it is in New York and in Wyoming, standing at $7.79, women here make more than they do in Wyoming, but less than they do in New York, averaging 82.6 cents for every dollar that a man makes. African-American women, though, only make 62.4 cents for every dollar that a white man makes, and Hispanic woman make 58 cents for every dollar that their white male counterparts on the job earn.
In California, women can expect to earn about 84.9 cents for every dollar that their male counterparts at work earn, but if they are African-American women, this rate falls to 63.2 cents for every dollar, and if they are Hispanic women, it drops further, down to 43.2 cents for every dollar that their white, male colleagues in the same positions bring in. The minimum wage here is $8.00.
Kansas is slightly below the national average gender wage gap: women there earn typically 75.6 cents for every dollar a man makes, but African-American women receive 65.3 cents for every dollar, and Hispanic women earn 54.2 cents for the dollar that their male counterparts earn. The state minimum wage there is $7.25, the same as in New York and Wyoming.