April 12 was “Equal Pay Day” – but that doesn’t mean you missed a day to celebrate. It wasn’t a day for parties or gifts, it’s a day to realize that there is real inequality when it comes to equal pay for equal work.
Nationally, full-time, year-round female workers are paid 79 cents for every dollar full-time, year-round male employees are paid, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 Current Population Survey of workers ages 15 and older.
Here in Kentucky, the National Partnership for Women & Families reports that median annual pay for a woman who holds a full-time, year-round job is $33,704 — while median annual pay for a man who holds a full-time, year-round job is $42,203.
This means that women in Kentucky are paid about 80 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a wage gap of approximately $8,500 a year.
The wage gap can be even larger for women of color. For example, among women who hold full-time, year-round jobs, African American women are paid 60 cents and Latinas are paid 55 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.