Texas Women May Have To Wait Till 2049 To Get Paid As Much As Men

By Jill Cowan
The Dallas Morning News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A new report reveals that even as women across the globe have felt empowered to speak up about workplace barriers like sexual harassment and pay disparities, Texas women have a long way to go before they’re treated equally in the workforce.

The Dallas Morning News

Women in the Texas counties of Collin and Denton earn more than their counterparts in Dallas County, but they’re facing bigger gaps in pay compared to men, a new report says.

The report, released Thursday by the Dallas Women’s Foundation along with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, also found that in Texas, women may have to wait until 2049 for equal pay.

However, the study found that if they were paid the same wage as men for comparable jobs, poverty among working women, especially single mothers, could be reduced by what foundation president and CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson described as a “shocking” degree, more than half.

The new data highlights that even as women across the globe have felt empowered to speak up about workplace barriers like sexual harassment and pay disparities, Texas women have a long way to go before they’re treated equally in the workforce.

“We have a state that’s booming with opportunity in many areas,” Dawson Thompson, said. “So it’s very difficult to countenance why women are being left behind.”

In Dallas County, median annual pay for women who were 16 and older working full-time, year-round was $37,511 compared with $50,691 in Collin County and $46,362 in Denton County.

But in Dallas County, that stacked up to almost 93 percent of what men earned, compared to just about 70 percent in Collin County and a little more than 76 percent in Denton County.

Nationally, women make 80 cents to men’s dollar.

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