What Does ‘Equal Pay Day’ Mean for Kentucky Women, Especially Minorities?

In the Bluegrass state, women earn 24 cents less than their male counterparts despite their growth in the workforce over the past three decades.

The participation rate for working-age women in the state's labor force has increased by six percent from 1981 to 2011, according to the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

Those same reports show men in the workforce have dipped by nine percentage points over the same period. Yet when annual earnings are compared there's a $10,000 gap in Kentucky between men and women.

In Kentucky, black women and Hispanic woman make 69 cents and 58 cents respectively for every dollar a white man earns. Interestingly, when women of color are compared to men within their race/ethnicity both black and Hispanic women earn 89 cents for every dollar.

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