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    Why Are Women Paid Less than Men?

    "Equal pay has been the law since 1963. But today, more than 40 years later, women are still paid less than men--even when we have similar education, skills and experience.

    In 2004, women were paid 76 cents for every dollar men received. That's $24 less to spend on groceries, housing, child care and other expenses for every $100 worth of work we do. Nationwide, working families lose $200 billion of income annually to the wage gap.

    It's not like we get charged less for rent or food or utilities. In fact, we pay more for things like haircuts and dry cleaning.

    Over a lifetime of work, the 24 cents-on-the-dollar we're losing adds up. The average 25-year-old working woman will lose about $455,000 to unequal pay during her working life.

    And because we're paid less now, we have less to save for our futures and we'll earn smaller pensions than men. Half of all women with income from a pension in 2002 received less than $5,600 per year, compared with $10,340 per year for men.

    These figures are even worse for women of color. African American women earn only 71 cents and Latinas 59 cents for every dollar that men earn. Asian Pacific American women earn less, too. Their pay inequality is less severe than for women as a whole, but they still earned only 86 cents for every dollar that men earned in 2000, the most recent year for which data is available.

    Equal pay isn't just a women's issue. When women get equal pay, their family incomes rise and the whole family benefits. Equal pay helps men, too."

    Other fact sheets from your friendly AFL-CIO unions, including the top level link to their section dedicated to women:

    Equal pay for working families: national and state data

    Equal pay and women of color

    Around the world, women earn less

    How equal pay helps men, too

    The pay gap in different occupations

    The pay gap in the states

    Equal pay and retirement

    The case for equal pay: responding to common arguments against equal pay

    Find out about your legal rights and how to file a pay discrimination charge

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