Wage Gap Remains Static

Census statistics released September 16, 2010, show that the women still earn 77 percent of what men earn, based on the median earnings of full-time, year-round workers in 2009. Both men’s and women’s earnings showed slight increases from 2008 to 2009, with men’s at $47,127 and women’s at $36,278, a difference of $10,849.

Median earnings for most women of color are even lower. In 2009, the earnings of African American were $31,824, 67.5 percent of all men’s earnings (a slight drop from 67.9 percent in 2008), and Latinas’ earnings were $27,181, 58 percent of all men’s earnings (a slight drop from 58 percent in 2008). Asian American women’s earnings in 2009 were $42,331, 90 percent of all men’s earnings, a drop from 91 percent in 2008. The National Committee on Pay Equity’s The Wage Gap Over Time shows how little the wage gap has changed in this century. (See also the fact sheet from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research: The Gender Wage Gap 2009.)

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