By Eric Dolan, The Raw Story
Although women are increasingly responsible for the economic security of their families, they still earn significantly less than men, according to reports released on Tuesday, Equal Pay Day.
An annual report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) found that full-time working women are paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to full-time working men. In median weekly earnings, women earn only $684 per week, compared with $832 per week for men.
Yet almost 15 million households in the United States are headed by women, and 8.5 million of those households include children under the age of 18. Nearly 30 percent of households headed by women live below the poverty level. [more]