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In 13 U.S. states, women born today will not see equal pay

Staff Writer |
According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR), there are 13 states where progress on closing the gender wage gap is so slow that a woman born in 2017 will not see equal pay during her working life.

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Nationally, women make 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man. If the earnings of women and men who are employed full-time, year-round change at the rate they have between 1959 and 2015, the gender wage gap in the United States will not close until 2059.

The wage gap is projected to close first in Florida in 2038. In four states—North Dakota, Utah, Louisiana, and Wyoming—the wage gap will not close until the 22nd century.

A recent IWPR analysis found that, if current trends continue, White women will not see equal pay until 2056, while women of color will have to wait much longer: Black women will not see pay equity until 2124, while Hispanic women must wait 231 more years until 2248.

In another research, Trulia recently ranked the 100 largest U.S. metros by how far women have come to achieving gender equality with regard to owning a home, attending at least four years of college and getting paid. Albuquerque, NM, ranked first in the nation.

The pay gap between men and women in Albuquerque decreased by 25 percent from 2008 to 2015. Meanwhile, women are 1.15 percentage points more likely to have four years of college education or more.

Women are also 1.18 percentage points more likely to be homeowners than men in Albuquerque.

In addition to data Trulia sites for the ranking, the City of Albuquerque has incentivized procurement with its vendors who can demonstrate gender equity in their pay scales.