Lifetime wage gap

Today is Equal Pay Day, which recognizes how far into the year women must work to earn as much as men did in the previous year.

Not much of a cause to celebrate, is it? Especially when you consider that we’re over a quarter of the way through the year.

The unfortunate truth is that we’re a long way from gender equality at work. And while we’re starting to take steps in the right direction, women still only make 76 cents per dollar men make.

The 76 cents per dollar may not seem like that much, but it adds up. And the resulting amount of money women lose over the course of their career due to the wage gap is disheartening.

Also: Insane. Disgusting. Appalling. Straight up crazy.

Based on today’s figures, women would lose $430,480 over the course of a 40-year career. For Latinas and African American women, the losses are even higher.

The National Women’s Law Center calculated the totals and created an interactive map that shows how your state stacks up in regards to a lifetime wage gap. See how much you’re losing using the map below:

So ladies, who’s ready to “celebrate” this day by making moves to close the gender pay gap forever? 

Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments and on Twitter @SarahLandrum

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Sarah Landrum is the founder of Punched Clocks.

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