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4/19/2012 6:33:00 PM
Wage gap: Hoosier women's pay still falls short
Wage gap

Amount a woman earns for every $1 a man earns:

TOP 10 STATES

1. Vermont (84 cents)

2. California (84 cents)

3. Nevada (83 cents)

4. New York (83 cents)

5. Maryland (83 cents)

6. South Dakota (82 cents)

7. Arizona (82 cents)

8. Massachusetts (81 cents)

9. North Carolina (81 cents)

10. Delaware (81 cents)

BOTTOM 10 STATES

41. Michigan (74 cents)

42. Idaho (74 cents)

43. Kansas (74 cents)

44. North Dakota (73 cents)

45. Montana (73 cents)

46. Indiana (72 cents)

47. West Virginia (70 cents)

48. Utah (69 cents)

49. Louisiana (67 cents)

50. Wyoming (64 cents)

Source: National Partnership for Women and Families

WHAT THE DIFFERENCE WOULD BUY

In Indiana, the median pay for a woman working full time is $32,221 a year, while the median yearly pay for a man is $44,851. If the wage gap of $12,630 were eliminated, a woman working in Indiana would have enough money for one of the following:

» 115 weeks of groceries (2.2 years' worth).

» 12 months of mortgage and utilities payments.

» 18 months of rent.

» 44 months of daily health insurance premiums (3.6 years worth).

» 3,049 gallons of gas (191 tanks).

Source: National Partnership for Women and Families



Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Star Press

For every dollar that a white man makes in Indiana, his female counterpart pulls in 74 cents.

If she happens to be black, that drops to 62 cents.

Latina? A mere 54 cents.

That startling wage gap, which has remained stagnant for several years, puts the state in the unenviable position of ranking fifth worst in the nation when it comes to equity in women's pay.

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