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Breaking Down the Wage Gap on Equal Pay Day

Women's rights have come a long way, but what we can't forget is that on average, women still only make .77 cents on the dollar for every dollar that a man makes. That's not a wage gap from 50 years ago, or even 25 years ago, it's the wage gap that exists today.

For Equal Pay Day, the day on the year’s calendar that marks the approximate extra time the average American woman would need to earn as much as the average man did in the prior year, we wanted to break down the gender wage gap even more so that young women and men both understand how much work there is left to do. Unfortunately, the wage gap isn't the same across the baord. Women of color fare far worse than non-Hispanic white women, who are themselves already faring worse than white men. 

While, according to the National Women's Law Center, the wage gap is smaller for younger women than older women, that gap begins right when women enter the labor force. Women aged 15-24 working full-time are typically paid just 87.7 percent of what their male counterparts are paid. Among older women, the gap is even larger. Women 45-64 working  full time, year round are typically paid just 73.5 percent of what their male counterparts are paid.

The wage gaps also differ by state. You can view the entire breakdown of the wage gaps on at the National Women's Law Center.