77 cents is not the whole story

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When we talk about how important an Equal Rights Amendment will be in our fight for women to gain wage equality, we hear a familiar figure.

In 2007, on average, women in Minnesota earned 77 cents to each dollar earned by a Minnesota male.

Source: National Women’s Law Center

This statistic is pretty upsetting, but it’s not the whole story.  The wage gap is even more pronounced for Minnesota women of color.

 

  • African-American women in Minnesota, working full-time, year-round, earn only 59 cents on the dollar earned by white Minnesota men.
  • Hispanic women in Minnesota, working full-time, year-round, earn only 47 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic Minnesota men.

 

The study also shows that the wage gap remains consistent across professions and levels of education.

This photo illustration makes us laugh because if we didn’t, we’d cry.  But notice the small print on the bottom:

IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, HELP US RIGHT IT.

Minnesota’s Equal Rights Amendment will not pass itself.  We need you!

 

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