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What Washington families could afford without the wage gap

From the Institute for Women’s Policy Research: “What the wage gap means for Washington’s working families”

In Washington, a typical woman working full time is paid $37,932 per year, while a similar man is paid $51,272 per year. That’s a gap of $13,340. If full-time working women in Washington were paid the same as their male counterparts, Washington’s families could afford:

  • 100 more weeks of food bills (1.9 years’ worth!)
  • 8 more months of mortgage and utilities payments
  • 16 more months of rent
  • 4 more years of family health insurance premiums
  • More than 4000 additional gallons of gas

Read more about federal efforts to end gender pay disparities through the Paycheck Fairness Act, from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

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