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Commentary: Education key to narrowing the gender gap

April 21, 2018

The gender pay gap has been an economic hardship for women since they entered the workforce. To highlight the issue, the “Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment and Earnings” was released April 9, the day before Equal Pay Day.

It shows women working full-time, year-round earn less than men across the United States. Florida graded D-plus for women’s employment and earnings, worse than the C-minus the state earned when “The Status of Women in the States” was published in 2004. Median annual earnings for women in Florida are $35,000, placing the state 38th in the nation, compared with $40,000 for men.