What's the Wage Gap in the States?
Overall, women in the United States are paid 80 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.
On average, women employed full time in the United States lose a combined total of almost $900 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.
For Additional Data
- America’s Women and the Wage Gap
- Latinas and the Wage Gap, in partnership with Unidos US
- Black Women and the Wage Gap
- Asian American and Pacific Islander Women and the Wage Gap