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Washington, DC — Today, the Voter Participation Center and Lake Research Partners released new research highlighting the persistence of the American gender wage gap, especially among unmarried women. Page Gardner, founder and president of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement:
“Today we recognize that 56 years after the Equal Pay Act was signed into law, women continue to earn less than men for the same work.
“Our new research shows that unmarried white women earn only $0.68 for every $1 a married man makes for the same work. Unmarried African-American women earn only $0.57 against a married man’s dollar, and unmarried Latinas and Native American women make only $0.50.
“These disparities are not only unfair and hurt women, but also shortchange the American economy. The United States economy would have produced an additional income of $512.6 billion if women received equal pay. Without addressing the pay gap, these continuing disparities have far-reaching effects that serve to stunt economic growth and make it harder for families to thrive.
“As the majority of the electorate, women have the power. Heading into 2020 candidates need to address the pay gap head on so women can have the ability to support themselves and their families.”