Friday, October 19, 2012
Nothing like a good political gaffe to get Americans talking about the issues. Now that the Internet has bindersfullofwomen.tumblr.com, @Romneys_Binder and a Binders Full of Women Facebook page (which already has almost 350,000 likes) we're starting to see more talk of the issue about which the candidates were actually asked at the debate Tuesday: the gender pay gap.
You may already know that women make less than men in every state, but this breakdown from Slate and the New America Foundation shows just what your state and county are paying women compared to men on average. The state map is below (drag and zoom to find a certain state; click on it to see what the average employed woman there is making).
Washington and Idaho fall somewhere in the middle, with Washington women making 65 cents on each dollar men make and Idaho women getting 62. Numbers are all over the board at the county level.
Spokane's doing better than the state average, with women here making around 68 cents on the dollar. Kootenai County is just below Idaho's average with 61 cents per dollar.
Not great — women in Florida, Nevada and Hawaii make 76 cents — but not as bad as it could be. The average Utah woman is making just 55 cents for every dollar in her male counterpart's paycheck.