Report: Wage Gap Widens For RI and MA Women

Apr 10, 2018

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The National Partnership for Women and Families released a new study of the gender pay gap in each state for National Equal Pay Day. The report shows the gap for women in Rhode Island and Massachusetts has widened. 

The study shows that women in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are making 82 cents to every dollar earned by their male counterparts. 

In Rhode Island, the gap has grown by four cents since last year, and has increased five cents in Massachusetts. However, both states perform better than the national average, which shows women making 80 cents to every dollar earned by a man. 

According to the National Partnership, women in both states are typically paid around $10,000 less than men. Women in Rhode Island are paid $9,859 less than men, while women in Massachusetts are paid $11,202 less. 

The gap is even larger for Black and Latina women, who earn over $20,000 less than white, non-hispanic men. Black women earn $26,544 less than men in Rhode Island, while Latina women make $28,951 less. In Massachusetts, black women make $23,783 less than men, while Latina women make $32,482 less.

For an interactive map of the gender based wage gap by state, click here