Florida women earn 85 cents for every dollar that men make, study says


Florida women working full-time make about $5,515 a year less than men, says a new report from the National Partnership for Women & Families.

That's 85 cents for every dollar that men make, according to an analysis from the Sun Sentinel.

The gap varies by race and ethnicity. Latina and Black women in Florida are respectively paid $20,380 and $20,186 less a year than white, non-Hispanic men, the biggest gap out of any group in the report. Native American women are paid $15,516 less than white men, followed by Asian women ($10,935) and white, non-Hispanic, women ($9,389).

If the annual gender wage gap was eliminated, Florida's working women would have enough money, on average, to pay for more than nine months of child care, close to four months of health insurance premiums, and almost a year of college tuition and fees, the National Partnership for Women & Families argues.

"The nation's persistent wage gap, which is the result of factors including gender and racial discrimination, workplace harassment, job segregation and a lack of workplace policies that support family caregiving, is especially harmful for women of color," the organization says.

Overall in the nation, women are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men, with wider gaps for women of color, the report found. U.S. women who work full-time workers lose a combined total of almost $900 billion every year to the wage gap.

"The wage gap does not have a single cause and therefore demands more than a single solution," says National Partnership President Debra L. Ness in a statement. "[Lawmakers] must raise the federal minimum wage and eliminate the sub-minimum wage for workers who rely on tips, and workers with disabilities. They should pass legislation to end sexual harassment and improve pregnancy discrimination laws. Congress should also pass national paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, and predictable schedules legislation; and increase access to high-quality, reproductive health care. Women and our families cannot afford to wait."

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