Why Women in Idaho Mark Equal Pay Day

Executive Director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, Karen King says, the median annual earnings for local women working full-time past year was nearly $41,000 versus $51,000 for men.

She added that a woman working full time, year-round will lose more than $10,000 a year to the wage gap. New research from the Institute for Women's Policy Research shows closing the pay gap would lift 3.1 million working women and their families out of poverty and would add $513 billion in new income each year to the USA economy. It equates to a gender wage gap of about 20 percent. The wage gap is not a "women's issue" - it's one of fundamental fairness. Scavone says it's unjust.

That's the latest estimate unveiled as part of Equal Pay Day 2017. Poloncarz says it effects the entire community because it has a negative effect on the economy.

Women on average are paid 20 percent less than men. The women in Congressmen Polis' district, CO-2, fare even worse.

It's always held in April to mark how far into the year women must work to make what their male counterparts did in the last year. Black women make 66 cents per dollar, while Hispanic women make 60 cents per dollar.

The report also analyzed the wage gap for Latinas in the state, as well as in each of Connecticut's congressional districts.

The National Partnership says MI has the ninth largest cents-on-the-dollar gap in the nation. She says women sometimes face a double standard on pay negotiation, and usually are not expected to negotiate.

"Our laws have long supported equal pay for equal work", Gabbard said in a release.

"Women are paid 73 cents for every dollar a man earns in Montana, the sixth largest gad in the nation", Fleisch-Fink said. In 2014, women earned 78.6 cents for every dollar a man made. When women are paid less than men, it doesn't just hurt women. On average, they earn about $21,500 a year less than white, non-Hispanic men.

  • Zachary Reyes