Study: 'Wage gap' costs women each year food for 1.1 years, seven months of rent, or 1,900 gallons of gas

Women who are employed full-time in Florida are paid just 84 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap in wages of $6,687, according to a study released on Monday. That means that Florida women lose a combined total of nearly $17.4 billion every year – money that could strengthen the state economy and provide critical support to the more than 950,000 Florida households headed by women, according to an analysis by the National Partnership for Women & Families.

The report on the wage gap in Florida, which has the 45th largest cents-on-the-dollar gap among all states, also found that Florida’s African American women are paid 62 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men in the state. And Latinas in Florida are paid just 58 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.

According to the analysis, if the gap between men’s and women’s wages were eliminated, each full-time working woman in Florida could afford to pay for food for 1.1 more years, pay mortgage and utilities for five more months, pay rent for seven more months, or buy 1,900 more gallons of gas. These basic necessities would be especially important for the 30 percent of Florida’s women-headed households currently living below the poverty level, the report said. Nationally, women working full time, year round are paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to men.

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