By Amy Cherry 9:39am, April 8, 2013Women are still significantly lagging behind men on the 50th anniversary year of the Equal Pay Act.
WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.
Delaware ranks 14th in the nation when it comes to equal pay with a woman making 80 cents for every dollar a man makes.
That adds up to Delaware women making $40,500 a year and their male counterparts making $50,400 a year.
Just imagine what you could do with an extra $10,000.
"A student loan payment, that could take a good chunk into putting kids in to child care, you know, saving for retirement."
But Kate Gallagher Robbins, senior policy analyst with the National Women's Law Center, says the gender wage gap hasn't budged in a decade.
"The wage gap will outlive most of us," says Gallagher Robbins.
But the face of the wage gap has changed. She tells WDEL it has become more of a family security problem and not just a women's issue.
"So many families rely on women's earnings either because women are raising children themselves, or more and more is the case, women are contributing a larger share of families' incomes as well," she explains.
She believes it will take more than 60 years for women to make as much as men. One recommendation lies within raising the minimum wage--an effort underway in the state legislature this year.
"Two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women, so bringing up the floor for wages would really help to close that gap overall," says Gallagher Robins.
Currently, the Delaware state Senate has passed a measure that raises minimum wage from $7.25 to $7.75 next year and to $8.25 in 2015. The House has yet to vote on the measure.
Equal Pay Day will be marked nationally Tuesday.
To read the full gender wage gap analysis by the National Women's Law Center, click here.
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