Analysis of new census data looks at severity of the wage Gap for Oregon Women and Families
The analysis was conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families. The overall gender-based wage gap in
“It is stunning and deeply troubling to learn that the wage gap affects women in nearly every congressional district in the country. Women and their families are losing critical income for food, gas, rent, health insurance and more due to a punishing gender-based wage gap that has plagued this country for decades,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership. “This new data should be a clear and resounding wake-up call for all lawmakers who have the power to pass legislation that would help close the gap and promote economic security for the women and families in their districts.”
According to the analysis, the median yearly pay for women in Oregon is $9,949 less than the median yearly pay for Oregon men or 78 cents for every dollar.
Nationally, full-time working women are paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to full-time working men, according to Census data. According to the new analysis, the congressional districts with the largest gender-based, cents-on-the-dollar pay differences are found in
The Paycheck Fairness Act would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and establish stronger workplace protections for women. In the last two Congresses, the U.S. House of Representatives passed it, but it fell two votes short of moving forward in the Senate in 2010. It was reintroduced in the current Congress but blocked by a procedural vote in June of this year.
“The wage gap is taking a tremendous toll on women and their families throughout the country,”
The National Partnership’s findings for all 50 states and all 435 congressional districts can be found here: www.NationalPartnership.org/Gap. More information on the wage gap can be found at www.NationalPartnership.org/FairPay.