An analysis released for Equal Pay Day tomorrow reveals the size of the gender wage gap and its detrimental effects on the spending power of Connecticut women. Women employed full time, year-round in Connecticut are paid just $.82 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap of $10,864. That means Connecticut women lose a combined total of nearly $15 billion every year — money that could strengthen the state economy and is especially significant for the more than 170,000 Connecticut households headed by women, 24 percent of which are in poverty.
The new analysis was conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The full set of findings for Connecticut, which has the 15th smallest cents-on-the-dollar gap in the nation, is available here. The National Partnership also analyzed the wage gap for Latinas in the state, as well as in each of Connecticut’s congressional districts. All of these findings and similar findings for all 50 states and the District of Columbia can be found at NationalPartnership.org/Gap.