Hoosier women earn some of the lowest wages compared to men in the country

Wage gap now stands at 26% between men & women
Posted at 5:02 PM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-09 09:09:20-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Hoosier women earn some of the lowest wages in the country compared to men, according to a new report by the Indiana Institute for Working Families.

The wage gap in Indiana is currently the 6th highest in the nation at 26 percent. That’s only a few percentage points behind the Louisiana and Utah who are tied for the highest in the nation at 30 percent.

In 2016, the median wage earnings for a man working full-time in Indiana were $12,717 higher than the earnings for a woman who works full-time.

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While the wage gap in the United States narrowed between 2015 and 2016, the wage gap for Hoosier women widened by 2 percent. The wage gap is especially noticeable among certain groups of Hoosier women. The wage gap for black and biracial women is up to 36 percent and for Latinas it’s at 44 percent, that’s roughly $21,500 per year.

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The Indiana Institute for Working Families says the people most impacted by the wage gap are women who are already in lower paying jobs in the health care or food service industries.

Lynne Murphy works as a cashier in a university cafeteria and says she was making well below what she should have been making - $7.25 an hour – until she joined a union and fought for more pay.

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“It made me feel degraded because wow, what am I working for,” said Murphy. “Heck, I might as well be at home sweeping and holding the kids.”

The Indiana Institute for Working Families says the state needs to strengthen equal pay laws, support collective bargaining and improve benefits to close the wage gap.MORE TOP STORIES | Three paws ripped off Anderson family dog; police search for person responsible | Plainfield police captain on leave after 'white male privilege' comment at training session | Kokomo toddler dies after being suffocated by folded rear SUV seat | Former Purdue basketball player killed in chain-reaction crash on I-65 involving 3 semis, car | HOME TOUR: This amazing Bloomington lake house will blow your mind

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