RI has 20 percent wage gap between men and women

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is pretty much in the middle of a national state ranking of wage gaps between men and women.

Rhode Island women earn, on average, about $40,000 a year compared to the average man's wage of $50,000. That's a 20 percent difference, according to a report published by the National Partnership for Women and Families, a nonprofit group that promotes workplace fairness.

The Partnership's Sarah Crawford says women with children fair even worse.

"The statistics show that nationwide women with children are paid 2.5 percent less than women without children but men with children actually get a boost of about two percent.," says Crawford. Nationwide, women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That's better than the 59 cents women earned when the Equal Pay Act passed in 1963. At that rate, it will take until 2058 to achieve full pay equity.

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