Women in the U.S. still experience a major gender wage gap, 55 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed, Business Insider reports.
On average, American women earn 80 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn, according to a report by the Senate Joint Economic Committee Democratic Staff. Their annual earnings are roughly $10,500 less than men.
Women also make less than men regardless the educational difference between the two, per the report.
“A woman with a graduate degree earns $5,000 less than a man with a bachelor’s degree,” the report says.
The issue is even greater with Black women and other women of color. African-American women earn 62 cents for every dollar a White man earns, Hispanic women make 54 cents.
The report also breaks down the earning gap by state. Wyoming has the largest gap between men and women at 36 percent with New York and Delaware taking the top spots at 11 percent.
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