The impact of the gender wage gap in the region

Today is Equal Pay Day – a day dedicated to drawing attention to the gender pay gap. The Washington Area Women’s Foundation breaks down the wage gap and it’s effect on women in our region with a new fact sheet. You can also join in on the conversation about the issue on social media using the hashtags #EqualPayDay and #EqualPayNow.

More than ever, families rely on women’s earnings to make ends meet. In the Washington region, 72 percent of mothers with young children participate in the workforce and, nationwide, 40 percent of mothers are either the sole or primary breadwinner in their households. Equal pay would reduce poverty levels among women, and would increase every woman’s ability to provide for herself and her family.


In jurisdictions where earnings are low across the board, such as in Prince George’s County, the gender gap narrows or even disappears. However, in jurisdictions with a higher concentration of high-paying occupations, such as in the city of Alexandria, the gap widens. Men are more likely to take these jobs, and women – with highly-paid partners – are more likely to take jobs that offer more flexibility in lieu of higher earnings, skewing the gap.

– A report estimates which year women may see equal pay with their male counterparts across the country and within each state. Nationally, it may not be until 2058. Locally, Maryland leads the way with estimated equal pay by the year 2042. (WaPo, 3/16)

BUDGETS/VIRGINIA | This week, we’re bringing you commentary from fiscal policy experts on the recently-released FY 2016 federal and state budgets for D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Today we have Michael Cassidy, president of the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Policy Analysis, with his take on how the 2016 federal budget may affect Virginia’s. (Daily, 4/14)

IMMIGRATION | D.C. Area’s Safety Net For Immigrant Children Is Stretched Thin, Report Says (WAMU, 4/14)

RACIAL EQUITY | A new report released by Foundation Center and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement reveals a trend toward increased U.S. foundation funding for organizations and programs focused on improving the life outcomes of black males. The report, Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys, also shows the share of support certain issue areas receive.

YOUTH/MENTAL HEALTH | The Children’s Law Center has released a new report on the District’s progress in meeting the needs of the estimated 13,000-20,000 children in the city with depression, trauma, schizophrenia, or other mental health concerns. The report finds that the city has made some strides in treating more youth, but shows great need for improvement in a number of other areas. (WaPo, 4/13) You can access the full report here.

Montgomery County’s Office of Economic Development has teamed up with D.C. tech incubator 1776 to develop startup technology for public projects based on the county’s needs. (WBJ, 4/13)

Arlington Confident Despite Dubious Economic Indicators (ARLnow, 4/14)

This is worthy of one big, collective eye roll.

– Ciara