Report: Gender Wage Gap Increases For Women Of Color In Arkansas

Apr 8, 2013

A report by the National Women’s Law Center, a research and advocacy group, shows inequalities in pay between male and female workers persist in Arkansas and every other state.

National Women’s Law Center

Fatima Goss Graves worked on the comprehensive analysis of the gender wage gap. She says findings also show larger pay disparities for women of color in Arkansas.

“In Arkansas, fulltime working women in the state overall are making around 82 cents when compared to fulltime working men,” said Graves. “When their salaries are compared to white males, African American women in Arkansas are making 66 cents and Hispanic women are making around 55 cents.”   

Graves says women are losing thousands of dollars in wages every year simply because of their gender and that’s a fact that negatively impacts their household budgets.

“When we look at the gap in wages and what has happened over the last 50 years, there has not been the sort of progress that we would expect or the sort of progress that we think is necessary,” Graves said. “Women around the country are making 77 cents to every dollar compared to their male counterparts, when you compare fulltime working women and fulltime working men.”  

April 9th is Equal Pay Day, a date that signifies how far into the year women in the U.S. must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Click here, to look at facts from a report by the National Women’s Law Center.