(AP) - Indiana men and women have one of the nation’s biggest disparities in
pay for the same work performed, according to a pay equity study.
Association of University Women, a nonprofit that pushes for equality for
women and girls, conducted a 2017 analysis to compare median yearly earnings
by sex in the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and compared the
protections and solutions offered to workers who face discrimination.
The analysis showed
that Indiana scored noticeably below the national average in wage parity,
the Evansville Courier and Press reported. Indiana men are paid around 37%
more than their female peers. The national median average is around 20%, the
“In the state of
Indiana, women are losing over a half-million dollars over the course of
their lifetime based on wage disparities,” said Erika Taylor, the CEO of
YWCA Evansville, which hosted an Equal Pay Day event Tuesday. “I think
people are shocked when they realize how prevalent it is and how shocking
that statistic is.”
The pay gap is more
pronounced for Latina and black women than it is for white women. Latina
women are usually paid roughly 53% of what their white male peers are paid.
Black women’s salaries are normally around 61% of their white male peers’
income, according to the AAUW.
Asian women have
the smallest pay gap compared to white men, as they earned about 85% of what
their white male peers made in 2017. But, Asian women were paid only about
75% as much as Asian men, according to a national Bureau of Labor Statistics
report that year.
Taylor said U.S.
companies have begun closing the wage gap, but not swiftly enough.
“If we continue at
the pace we’re at now, it’ll be well into the 2050s before the gap would
close,” she said.
49th, with adjacent Illinois and Kentucky ranking 38th and 33rd,
respectively. That information was collected from federal agencies such as
the U.S. Census Bureau in addition to surveys of individuals and businesses,