It’s Pay Equity Day across the country. Organizers say on average, a woman would have to work this far into the year, in addition to the previous year, to make the same salary as a man earns in one year. That’s about 78-cents for every dollar made by a man.
Kentucky Commission on Women Executive Director Eleanor Jordan says those numbers are compiled by adding all the money made by men in the country and dividing it by the number of men, and then doing the same for women. She says there are a number of factors that affect those numbers.
“We know that many women, many people of color, are still segregated into some low-paying occupations, and so that’s part of the reason why,” says Jordon. “Of course, there are those who believe that it’s because of women’s choices that they make less money than men.”
Jordan says a number of a women choose to stay home with their families, which also affects the wage gap.