HAPPY NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY
In honor of supporting this issue, AAUW (American Association of University Women) hosted a State Capitol Rally April 17th to promote equal pay for women in Missouri.
The rally in Jefferson City highlighted the wage gap issue as well as pointing out how women are treated in the workplace, the struggles they still face in this economy and their affected unemployment and pension benefits.
U. S. women on average earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man, which is true in Missouri as well. It is unfair to women but also to families who suffer from this statistic. For 34% of working mothers, they are the sole bread-winner- either because they are single parents or their spouses are not in the labor force.
The study said the pay gap was smallest in Washington, D.C., where the women’s median was 91 cents on the men’s dollar. The gap was broadest in Wyoming, where the women’s median was 64 cents on the dollar.
The numbers come from the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group that promotes equal access to workplace pay and benefits.
The Importance of Equal Pay for Missouri Women: read more here.