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The Largest and Smallest State Wage Gaps of 2014

Today the Census released new state data and we’ve crunched the numbers to tell you who has the largest wage gap—and who has the smallest. Here’s what we found:

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Census Data Show the Value of the Safety Net

Posted by Amelia Bell, Fellow | Posted on: September 17, 2015 at 03:12 pm

Yesterday the Census Bureau released its annual data on poverty in America, which revealed that more than 46 million people lived in poverty last year. Women and children were particularly likely to be poor, with the data showing that more than one in seven women and more than one in five children lived in poverty in 2014 (compared to nearly one in nine men).                                                                                                                   

However, the official poverty numbers don’t accurately reflect the impact of some government programs targeted at reducing poverty. Programs like SNAP (food stamps) or refundable tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit provide low-income families with extra assistance that is not counted as income when the Census Bureau calculates official poverty rates. If these benefits were counted as income, many more Americans would have been above the poverty line.

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A Woman of Color Talks Poverty Data

Posted by Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, Fellow | Posted on: September 17, 2015 at 03:05 pm

Yesterday, the Census Bureau released new data on poverty in the U.S. in 2014. We crunched the numbers and reported that more than one in seven (14.7%) women lives in poverty.

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The ACA is Working. We Have Data.

Posted by Karen Davenport, Director of Health Policy | Posted on: September 16, 2015 at 04:32 pm

In 2009, as the United States Congress began to shape the legislation that became the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), 14.5 percent of women and girls lacked health insurance. Women between the ages of 18 and 64 were even more likely to be uninsured, with more than 19 percent of these working-age women going without health coverage. And women of color fared even worse – for example, 38 percent of working-age Latinas were uninsured.

But what a difference five years can make! Or more specifically, what a difference the passage and implementation of landmark legislation can make.

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The WAGE Act: Strengthening Organizing for Equal Pay

Posted by Andrea Johnson, Fellow | Posted on: September 16, 2015 at 03:54 pm

Only a week and a half after Labor Day, Senator Patty Murray and Representative Bobby Scott are already making good on the history and promises of the holiday. Today, Senator Murray and Representative Scott introduced the Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act to strengthen protections for working people who join together with their co-workers—either through a union or otherwise—to win improvements at work. The bill is designed to discourage employer retaliation against employees who exercise their right to organize for improvements in their workplaces. It is also designed to assure prompt and fair remedies for those whose right to organize has been denied.

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The Wage Gap: Stagnant All These Years

Posted by Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, Fellow | Posted on: September 16, 2015 at 02:16 pm

In 2014, women working full time, year round were typically paid 79 cents for every dollar paid to a man, resulting in $10,762 in lost earnings. According to NWLC analysis of new Census Bureau data, not only is this figure about the same as last year’s figure of 78 cents, but the wage gap hasn’t budged in nearly a decade.

The wage gap for many women of color is even larger—with African American women making 60 cents and Hispanic women making 55 cents to their white, male, non-Hispanic counterparts’ dollar.

The stagnant wage gap highlights the need to enact policies that combat barriers that women face in the workplace, including:

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Surprise! Poverty Increased for College Graduates and Married-Couple Families in 2014

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: September 16, 2015 at 01:41 pm

We’re still analyzing the latest Census data, but one of the findings reported by the Census Bureau was particularly striking:  people with at least a bachelor’s degree and married-couple families were among the few groups for whom poverty increased in a statistically significant way.

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What the New Census Bureau Data Say About Women

Posted by Melanie Ross Levin, Director of Outreach | Posted on: September 16, 2015 at 01:38 pm

The Census Bureau just released new data on poverty in the U.S. in 2014 and here’s the scoop: being a woman puts you at a greater risk of poverty. The odds of being poor are about one-third higher for women than for men, and if you’re a woman of color, a single mother, a woman with a disability, or an older woman living alone, the odds of being poor are even greater. Continued job growth in 2014 failed to significantly lower the overall poverty rate or increase median household income. And the wage gap between women and men remained wide, with women typically making just 79 cents to a man’s dollar.

But today’s data isn’t all bad. Today’s release shows that because of the Affordable Care Act, 90 percent of women and girls have health insurance. The remarkable decline in the proportion of women who lack health insurance extends to women of all races. With affordable health insurance, women have a far better chance of protecting themselves and their families, and today’s numbers show the ACA to be a resounding success.

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