Today is Equal Pay Day, a day that marks the wage gap between working women and men. According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, each year Equal Pay Day falls on a Tuesday to illustrate how far into the work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week. Nationally, women are still paid 77 cents for each dollar earned annually by men – a gap of 23 cents.
Here in North Carolina, working women fare a little better, but not by much. North Carolina’s working women are still only earning 80.7 percent of men’s earnings.
A new fact sheet released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research takes a closer look at the wage gap by occupation and finds that a wage gap exists within and between occupations. Male-dominated occupations continue to pay more than female-dominated occupations. And women’s earnings are lower than men’s in almost all occupations, whether they are male or female-dominated. Disturbingly, women are more than two times as likely to work in occupations with earnings less than the federal poverty level.
The National Women’s Law Center recently published a fact sheet on the importance of fair pay for North Carolina women. Learn more here.