Impact of Pay Inequality

gender inequalityPersistent earnings inequality for working women translates into lower lifetime pay for women, less income for families, and higher rates of poverty across the United States. In each state in the country, women experience lower earnings and higher poverty rates than men. The economic impact of habitual pay inequality is far-reaching: if women in the United States received equal pay comparable to men, poverty for working women would be reduced by half and the U.S. would add $482 billion to its economy.

If working women across the US, aged 18 and older, were paid the same as their male counterparts—men in the same age bracket, educational attainments, similar hours worked and geographic designation (urban/rural)—the poverty rate among all working women would be cut in half. 

Some states fair better than others, but until public policy ensures gender pay equality, a union contract remains the single best method for women to obtain wage parity. 

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