In a new study put out by the National Partnership for Women and Families, an analysis of the most recent census statistics available has found that Seattle has one of the highest disparities in pay between sexes.
On average, women working full time in the Seattle metro area make $44,535 annually, while their male counterparts make $60,881 – a yearly wage difference of $16,346.
That’s an average of 77 cents for every dollar a man makes.
For African American and Latina women, the compensation is even lower. Black women only receive 64 cents for every dollar the average white man takes home, and Latina women only 55 cents.
For the many women living in Seattle, then, the elimination of a wage gap could mean:
- 118 more weeks of food (2.3 years’ worth);
- Eight more months of mortgage and utilities payments;
- 16 more months of rent; or
- 4,360 additional gallons of gas