Wage gap costs Texas women billions

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Updated: 4/19/2012 3:17 am

In Texas, women are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap of $8,355 between full-time working men and women in the state. That's large enough for a woman to buy 2,178 gallons of gas, 10 months of rent, or food for 1.5 years.

Women of color experience even greater disparities. African American women working full time in Texas are paid just 76 cents for every dollar paid to men. Latinas fare even worse, being paid just 58 cents on the dollar.

As a group, full-time working women in Texas lose approximately $29,200,875,390 each year due to the wage gap.

If the wage gap were eliminated, a working woman in Texas would have enough money for approximately:
* 77 more weeks of food (1.5 years’ worth);
* Six more months of mortgage and utilities payments;
* 10 more months of rent;
* 22 more months of family health insurance premiums (nearly two years’ worth); or
* 2,178 additional gallons of gas.

The gap is especially tough on single mothers. 1,267,867 households in Texas are headed by women.

To read the complete report, with state and national totals, click here.

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