On average, working women in America earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn. That’s a dramatic improvement since 1972, when average wages for women were 52% of what men brought home. Those findings come from an American Association of University Women analysis of data from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Women’s incomes now make up a much larger portion of family income than they used to. Between 1967 and 2010, the percentage of mothers who brought home at least a quarter of the family’s earnings rose from 28% to 64%. “Families increasingly rely on women’s wages to make ends meet,” said the report, titled The Simple Truth About the Pay Gap.
Wage inequality varies greatly by state, according to the AAUW: