Report: Tennessee Women Lose $16B Annually to Wage Gap



Tennessee women, on average, make $7,745 less each year than Tennessee men, a gap that is much wider for women of color.

A new study from the nonprofit National Partnership for Women & Families found that Tennessee has the 13th-largest gender-based wage gap, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

The nonprofit group, originally founded as the Women’s Legal Defense Fund, said Tennessee woman lose nearly $16 billion to the gender wage gap each year.

If the gap were closed, the study said the average Tennessee woman could afford:

• 60 more weeks of food for her family

• More than six months of mortgage and utility payments

• Almost one year of tuition at a public, four-year university

• Almost the full cost of tuition at a two-year community college

• More than nine-and-a-half months of rent

• 13 more months of child care each year

White, non-Hispanic women in Tennessee make $10,365 less than men on average. Black women here make $15,059 less. Latina women make $21,740 less than men here.

The gender wage gap is largest in Louisiana, followed by Utah, West Virginia, and Montana. The gap is smallest in New York, California, and Florida, according to the report.

On average across the country, white women made 79 cents for every dollar paid to white men in 2017, the report said. Black women made 63 cents on that dollar. Latinas made 54 cents for every dollar paid to white men last year, according to the report.

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