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On International Women’s Day 2013, how do local towns stack up on equality?

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Today is International Women’s Day, a celebration of achievements and a chance to inspire women toward gaining further ground.

The holiday has been celebrated in America for 102 years, since its inception in 1911. But even after more than a century of reflecting on women’s place in society, there are still many inequalities between men and women — yes, even here, in Southwestern Connecticut.

For example, as we reported a few weeks ago,figures from the 2011 American Communities Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau show that the average American woman who worked full-time made 78 cents for every dollar made by the average American man who worked full-time over the five-year period between 2006 and 2011. And in Connecticut, the gap was even larger:  Women in the Nutmeg State earned 75.5 cents to a man’s dollar.

In fact, Connecticut is ranked at No. 36 in the nation for income equality, below Oklahoma. Nationally, Washington, D.C. has the most equal income distribution, with women earning 88.2 cents to a man’s dollar, while Wyoming has the most inequality, with women earning 64.5 cents to a man’s dollar. But here in our neck of the woods, there are several communities where the wage gap is much larger than it is in Wyoming. Here’s the breakdown of income inequality between men and women, town by town, in our area.

Maggie Gordon

One Response

  1. Alex says:

    Nothing like generalities to get people fired up. I pity anyone who takes these numbers on face. Obviously not all jobs are created equal. Just adding up all the money women make and then comparing it to the sum of all the money men make does not equal a wage gap. The study cited failed to do any like comparisons and even admits that the wage gap can be accounted for different occupations (men gravitate to higher risk and engineering occupations where women tend to dominant the education sector where wages are less). Even when you compare like occupations with like experience it doesn’t mean there will be equal pay (Companies pay different salaries). For example, I graduated with the same degree as two of my friends (BS in CS). I make almost twice as much as one, and then the other works at Taco Bell (enough said on that). We all have the same degree, and even 2 of us have the same job title yet make completely different amounts. Why? Because we work for different companies that have different pay scales! Do we expect every company to pay the same for the same degree and years work? Is every worker the same as another?