According to the Detroit Free Press we could, “afford 81 more weeks of food for our families, or nearly one additional year of tuition and fees for a four-year public university, or 13.5 more months of rent, or more than 18 additional months of child care each year.”
These numbers are in a new report that the National Partnership for Women & Families release Tuesday, which is Equal Pay Day. The report goes on to say that Michigan came in 20th place for the largest cents-on-the-dollar gap in the nation, paying women, on average, 78 cents for every dollar paid to a man. This is a yearly difference of $11,044. The national average is 80 cents — or an annual yearly difference of $10,086.
Additionally, black women in Michigan earn 63 cents for every dollar paid to a man, and Latina women in the state make 58 cents for every dollar paid to a man.
Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year and was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages.
(Source: Detroit Free Press, National Partnership for Women & Families and payequity.org)