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Wednesday, 21st April 2010

Equal Pay Day 2010: Women, 78 Cents, Men, $1

Equal Pay Day 2010: Women, 78 Cents, Men, $1
Source: AFL-CIO

Todayís the day when women workers finally catch up with the pay men received last yearóthe day we mark as Equal Pay Day. Being three months and 20 days behind menís wages means women who work full-time still are paid, on average, 78 cents for every dollar men are paid. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wages of full-time, year-round workers in 2008 stood at $35,745 for women and $46,367 for men.

The wage gap is even worse for women of color. In 2008, the earnings for African American women were $31,489, 67.9 percent of menís earnings (a drop from 68.7 percent in 2007), and Latinasí earnings were $26,846, 58 percent of menís earnings (a drop from 59 percent in 2007).


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