Families Can’t Afford the Gender Wage Gap

Source: Heather Boushey, Jessica Arons, Lauren Smith, Center for American Progress, April 20, 2010

From the summary:
The gender pay gap has taken on added importance as men have been more likely than women to lose jobs during the Great Recession. This loss of a man’s paycheck means that millions of families now rely on a woman’s job to make ends meet. The persistent gender pay gap is adding insult to injury for families already hit hard by unemployment.

Our newly analyzed state-by-state data demonstrate that mothers in every state and the District of Columbia are financially supporting their families–and many are their family’s primary breadwinner. Women’s earnings are critical to their families’ financial stability. Yet they continue to face a career wage gap that sets them back hundreds of thousands of dollars throughout their lives. Women face this gap regardless of their education, occupation, or where they live.
See also:
Interactive Map: The Persistent Career Wage Gap
Interactive Map: Women Provide for Their Families

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