Women who work full-time in South Carolina are paid about $8,500 less each year than men, according to a report released Monday by a women’s advocacy group.
The National Partnership for Women and Families used data from the American Community Survey (part of the US Census) to find the median wages for women and men working full-time. The group’s vice president, Portia Wu, explains what they found in South Carolina.
Full-time working women are paid roughly 78 cents on the dollar compared with full-time working men. That actually isn’t too bad… (South Carolina) ranked 10th in the nation.
She says, while the disparity is less in South Carolina than in other states, it’s still fairly close to the national average of 77 cents-per-dollar.
Wu says the difference has an impact on families, as the report notes nearly 70 percent of South Carolina women bring in at least a quarter of their household’s earnings.
There are over 255,000 households in South Carolina being headed by women right now. It means the pay gap is particularly burdensome on them, because they do not have another earner in the household to help them address that problem.
The group released the results the day before Equal Pay Day– which it calls the point into the new year before the average woman’s pay level reaches the average man’s salary from the previous year.
The trend shows that women have been improving their pay since the 1960s, when they received only 59 cents on the dollar. Wu says the trend has been slow, however, as women gain less than 0.5 percentage points in wages each year.
The group is calling on Congress to pass laws it says will improve working conditions for women, such as not allowing a company to punish a worker who talks about their salary.