Miami Wage Gap: Women In South Florida Earn 86 Cents On Every Dollar Paid To A Man

04/09/2013 01:05 pm ET | Updated Apr 09, 2013

50 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy declared the end of gender pay discrimination as he signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 into law.

But in Miami, women in South Florida earn just 86 cents for every dollar paid to a man for the same exact job, a new study by the National Partnership For Women And Families shows. The analysis found wage gaps still exist across all 50 major U.S. metro areas -- and in all 50 states.

Using U.S. Census Bureau data, the NPWF found that the wage gap has serious implications women's ability to afford basics like housing, gas, and food.

This is especially alarming because in Miami, a whopping 308,665 households are headed by women, and 28 percent of those households have incomes below the poverty level. According to the NPWF:

As a group, women who are employed full time in the Miami area lose approximately $4,808,879,760 each year due to the wage gap. If the wage gap were eliminated, a working woman in the Miami metro area would have enough money for approximately:

  • 51 more weeks of food (one year's worth);
  • Three more months of mortgage and utilities payments;
  • Five more months of rent; or
  • 1,618 additional gallons of gas.

The pay gap widened last year for the first time since the beginning of the economic recovery, according to a study released last month by the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Nationally, women earned 80.9 percent of what men earned in 2012, compared to 82.2 percent in 2011.

At the current rate, it will take another 45 years for women to catch up to men.

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