On average, Oregon women employed full time, year round are paid just 82 cents for every dollar paid to men – a yearly pay gap of $8,393. That means, in total, women in Oregon lose more than $4 billion every year, which is money that could strengthen the state economy and the financial security of Oregon’s women and families, including the more than 164,000 Oregon households headed by women. These are some of the findings of a new analysis conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families and released for Equal Pay Day tomorrow.
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These findings include that, for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men in Oregon, African American women, Latinas and Asian women who work full time, year round are paid 70 cents, 51 cents and 75 cents, respectively.
Nationally, women earn 79 cents on average for every dollar earned by a white, non-Hispanic man. The numbers are even worse for African American and Latina women.
The National Partnership for Women & Families is using these numbers to tout the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen the Equal Pay Act. Their press release also advocates for basic, progressive economic policies—like paid sick days, paid family leave, an increased minimum wage—that benefit working women.
It's worth noting that these are all initiatives both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have built into their platforms on expanding women's rights. Meanwhile, according to the Slot's report on pay equity and gender within each of the primary election campaigns, it's a slightly different story: While both campaigns compensate male and female staffers relatively equitably on average, none of Sanders' highest-paid staffers are women. Of Clinton's highest-paid staffers, 40 percent are women. That jibes with an overall trend: The Clinton campaign is the only one that doesn't employ a majority of men.
And if you're wondering what campaign paid women the most? Weirdly, it was (RIP) Marco Rubio's.