Palm Beach County leading in equal pay
A report released by the Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County shows that while women continue to make less money than men in the United States, nationally, Palm Beach County has the least disparity in wages.
The report showed that, on that national level, women make 78 cents for every dollar that a man makes. However, in Florida women make 84 cents for every dollar earned by a man.
Florida’s 20th congressional district, which includes Palm Beach, parts of Fort Lauderdale and the inland areas of Palm Beach County, showed the smallest gap in wages in all of the United States. Women were found to earn 94 cents for every dollar that a man makes, according to the report.
Florida is also the sixth fastest-growing state for businesses owned by women and has seen a 74 percent increase in the number of small businesses owned by women, according to the report.
Though there is still a difference in salaries, the report shows that Florida is making progress toward bridging the wage gap between genders. To help with that effort, the WFPBC awards grants to local organizations that work to empower women of all ages. To contribute, visit womensfoundationpbc.org.