The National Partnership for Women and Families says there is a gap between the wages women and men make in every district in Oregon. It found in Oregon the median pay for a woman working full time year-round is $36,000. The median pay for a man is nearly $46,000. This means women are paid 78 cents for every dollar men are paid. That’s a yearly gap of nearly $10,000.
“It would take an extensive study to look at the education level, the experience level, and the occupations, and what people are actually doing. If there is a case of unfairness there, then it should probably be addressed,” said regional labor economist Brian Rooney.
The study also found women of color experience even greater disparities. African American women are paid 64 cents, and Latinas just 55 cents for every dollar paid to a white man.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act. In the past two congresses it passed the U.S. House of Representatives, but it fell two votes short in moving through the senate in 2010. It was also blocked by a procedural vote in June of this year.