What's the Wage Gap in the States?

Overall, women in the United States are paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to men, and that gap is widest for women of color. This persistent, pervasive wage gap is driven in part by gender and racial discrimination, workplace harassment, job segregation and a lack of workplace policies that support family caregiving, which is still most often performed by women.

These same factors led to women being hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic and recession — working in many of the most-affected industries and bearing the brunt of increased caregiving without schools or child care. If nothing is done, the lifetime effects of the wage gap will only grow.

On average, women employed full time in the United States lose a combined total of more than $956 billion every year due to the wage gap. These lost wages mean women and their families have less money to support themselves, save and invest for the future, and pay for the things they need to live satisfying, productive lives. Families, businesses and the economy suffer as a result.

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