Did you know that in almost every occupation, women are paid less than men for the same work?

The Wage Gap in Massachusetts (facts from Massachusetts Equal Pay Coalition)

  • Women in Massachusetts make up almost half the workforce. Women who work full time earn approximately 80.8% of what men who work full time earn, and lose a combined total of approximately $12,239,814,352 annually due to the wage gap.
  • As of 2013, 40% of households with children under 18 included mothers who were either the sole or primary breadwinner for the family, up from 11% in 1960, and 57% of low-wage workers in Massachusetts are women.
  • The wage gap, magnified over the course of a lifetime of earnings, can have a serious impact on the economic security of women. Since women live longer than men, lower wages makes it even harder to be self-sufficient throughout retirement.
  • African American women earn 66 cents for every dollar earned by men
  • Latina women earn 54 cents for every dollar earned by men
  • As of 2013, 40% of households with children under 18 included mothers who were either the sole or primary breadwinner for the family, up from 11% in 1960, and 57% of low-wage workers in Massachusetts are women.
  • The gender pay gap increases with age: it jumps from 10% to 22% when women reach age 35
  • The pay gap does not exclusively affect women. Black and African American workers earn only 78 cents for every dollar earned by white men. Hispanic and Latino workers earn only 72 centers for every dollar earned by white men.