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Women in Alabama earn nearly a quarter less than men per hour, according to an analysis by the National Partnership for Women & Families.
That 24 cent an hour gap between male and female wages ranks Alabama 13th among the states.
And the gap is worse for black women employed year-round, full-time. On average, they earn about $21,500 a year less than white, non-Hispanic men. That ranks Alabama third in the country.
Those figures are part of an analysis released a day before Equal Pay Day, which advocates say illustrates the national gap between what men and women earn. The numbers came using data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
"Equal Pay Day is a painful reminder that women in this country have had to work more than three months into this year just to catch up with what men were paid last year," Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership, said in a statement.
More than 271,000 Alabama households are headed by women, 37 percent of which are in poverty. Alabama’s wage gap amounts to $10,747 a year. Organizers say that means Alabama women lose a combined $11 billion every year because of the gap.
That translates in different ways. For example, if Alabama women earned as much as men, organizers say, they could afford more than two years of childcare with the additional wages.
Earlier this year, a study commissioned by the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham estimated about 90 percent of single mothers earning $30,000 or less in the Birmingham metro area may be working two jobs to meet their financial obligations. And almost 40 percent of their take-home pay goes for childcare.
Women earn less than men in every state. The median annual pay for an American woman who holds a full-time, year-round job is $40,742, while the median annual pay for a man who holding the same position is $51,212. Nationally, women are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men.
Nationally, black women are typically paid 63 cents, and Latinas are paid 54 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Asian women earn 85 cents for every dollar paid, although some ethnic subgroups of Asian women fair worse, organizers say.
This article originally appeared on al.com on April 3, 2017.
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