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Equal Pay Day In D.C.

It's Equal Pay Day—the annual check-in on the pay gap between men and women who work outside the home. Elahe Izadi takes a look at the biggest disparity in the D.C.: The gap in pay between white men and women of color.

In D.C., white women make 79 cents for every dollar that white men earn. That drops to 51 cents for black women, and 41 cents for Latinas. Izadi adds:

The gap in pay between men and women in D.C. is the second smallest among Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, Atlanta and New York City (which came in first, with 93 cents on the dollar). But take race into account, and D.C. doesn’t do so well anymore; of the aforementioned cities, only Atlanta has a larger pay gap between minority women and white men. In the Georgia city, black and Hispanic women make about 42 cents for every $1 white men earn.

Education is clearly a factor here—Izadi notes that only 23 percent of black women in D.C. have college degrees, compared to 86 percent of white men—but even college educated women make less money than their male counterparts. (Related: We're not particularly shocked. Last week, a senior political writer at Politico admitted he didn't know what the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was.)

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