Rhode Island women earn $10,200 less than men

WOMEN, working full-time in Rhode Island, earn an average of $10,191 less than their male counterparts. /
WOMEN, working full-time in Rhode Island, earn an average of $10,191 less than their male counterparts. /

PROVIDENCE – Full-time employed women in Rhode Island are paid an average of $10,191 less than their male counterparts, according to research conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families.
The research is meant to shed light on the persisting gender-based wage gap on Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 12.
In Rhode Island, a woman working full time is paid $39,248 per year, while a man working full time is paid $49,439 per year.
Nationally, women working full-time are paid an average of 77 cents for every dollar that men earn.
The wage gap has been closing at a rate of less than half a cent per year since the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963, the organization said, noting “at that pace, working women won’t come close to being paid the same amount as men until 2058.”
Sixty-seven percent of Rhode Island women contribute to more than one quarter of their families’ income.
If the wage gap were to be eliminated, each full-time employment woman in Rhode Island could afford mortgage and utility bills for five more months, rent for 11 more months or three more years of family health insurance premiums.
“Necessities like these would be particularly important for the 27 percent of women-headed households in Rhode Island that are currently living below the poverty line,” said the partnership.
“This new data illustrates the very real harm unequal wages are doing to families and the state,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. “It is long past time to close the gender-based wage gap. With women playing an increasingly important role as family breadwinners, there is no time to waste.”
The research was conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families and by the American Association of University Women.
In its news release, the organizations lobbied for the reintroduction of the Paycheck Fairness Act in Congress, which would “close loopholes” in the Equal Pay Act and strengthen workplace protections for women. The act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives but fell short by two votes in the Senate last year, it said.
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