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Georgia ranks 15th nationally in gender pay equity

By Denise Ray This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Women in Georgia currently make 83 cents on the dollar compared to men, which is a pay gap of 17 percent, according to American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) annual “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap” report. The state ranks 15th nationally in gender pay equity, based on full-time working women compared to white males for comparable work.

Nationally, working women lose out on $500 billion a year because of a persistent gender pay gap, with women paid only 80 cents, on average, for every dollar paid to a man, according to Mary Hickey, senior director of communications of the AAUW. The gap varies across the country with the largest gap in earnings in Louisiana, where women are paid 69 cents on the dollar and the smallest in California where women are paid 89 cents on the dollar.

“While the nation’s unemployment rate is down, and the number of women working is up, the wage gap is sadly remaining stagnant,” said Kim Churches, chief executive officer of AAUW. “It’s unacceptable. There is no gender differentiation when it comes to quality, skills, and talent. It’s time to close this gap and give every woman in Georgia and across the country the salaries they deserve.”

The report findings point to a need to empower women with strategies and skills to better negotiate wages and benefits.

Pay Gap by Profession

An analysis in The Simple Truth found that the jobs with the biggest collective gender gaps, where women in the profession collectively lose out on billions of dollars annually, are:

• Financial managers, $19.6 billion (65 percent pay ratio)

• Physicians and surgeons, $19.5 billion (71 percent pay ratio)

• Accountants and auditors, $17.3 billion (78 percent pay ratio)

• First-line supervisors of retail sales workers, $14.8 billion (74 percent pay ratio)

• Registered nurses, $12.5 billion (92 percent pay ratio)

The only gap favoring women among the 114 occupations analyzed by AAUW was among wholesale and retail buyers where women were paid $235 million more than men.

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