The Fair Pay Act (H 7427) Is Urgently Needed to Close Rhode Island’s Wage Gap

Women in Rhode Island are typically paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to men in the state. This pattern is even starker for women of color: for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men, Asian women make 75 cents, Black women make 59 cents, and Latinas make just 50 cents. The wage gap for Rhode Island women amounts to a typical annual loss of $9,859. That loss is equal to 10 month’s rent, one year of child care in a center, or 23 months of health insurance premiums. In Rhode Island, 69.2% of mothers are breadwinners or co-breadwinners for their families. The wage loss hurts both women and the many Rhode Island families that depend on their wages.