What Does the Wage Gap Cost You Each Year?
77 cents. That's how much a woman is paid less compared to a man's salary in the United States.
The national average salary for a man is $47,715 and $36,931 for women, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families. The wage gap differentiates by state. In the District of Columbia, women are paid 91 cents of every dollar but in Wyoming, women are paid 64 cents for every dollar their male counterparts are paid.
Regardless of education level, status level or industry, the wage gap is the same. A man with the same job of a woman will be paid more. In fact, women who have children are even penalized, getting paid 2.5 percent less than women without children while men with children receive a 2.1 percent increase over men who don't have kids.
Tennessee women are paid $9, 561 less than their male coworkers, regardless of industry. If women were paid this income, not only could they buy the aforementioned gasoline and groceries but also could pay seven more months of ultilities and mortgage payments, 2.9 years of family health insurance premiums or 13 months of rent.
Despite the lack of paycheck fairness, 84 percent of voters (men and women) polled said they would support a new law for paycheck fairness and 72 percent said they would strongly support it. Congress agrees with 91 percent of Democrats, 77 percent of Republicans and 87 percent of Independents support a new law.
“I was putting up my Christmas tree when I got the phone call,” says Teri Johnson-Hiett, referring to the moment she found out she had breast cancer. It was right around Thanksgiving in 2005, eight short months after losing her mother at age 51 to the same disease. Teri was only 29.
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