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City of Spokane tackles gender and race equality

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In 2014, working women in the City of Spokane earned 78.3 percent of the earnings of working men. This In 2014, working women in the City of Spokane earned 78.3 percent of the earnings of working men. This
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The wage gap is a national phenomenon. Across the United States, women earn 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man. When race is taken into consideration along with gender, the gap grows even larger.

To address the problem in Spokane, city council members, along with Mayor David Condon, are taking a head-on approach. In a news conference Thursday, council members and Mayor Condon discussed Spokane's situation, and how they mean to rectify it.

In 2014, working women in the City of Spokane earned 78.3 percent of the earnings of working men. This translates to annual gap of $10,209. In 2009, working women earned 82.7 percent of the earnings of working men. This means the gap grew by 4.4 percent in five years.

Women at the City of Spokane make 85 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts. Women of color make 84 cents for every dollar a white man makes at the City.

According to the City of Spokane White Men made $70,473/year, White Women made $60,158/year, Men of Color made $69,983/year and Women of Color made $59,422/year.

The city further reports that women make up 48% of the work force inside the City of Spokane, but only 24% of the employees at the City of Spokane.

So how does that stack up against the rest of the state?

This report is not just meant for government officials however. The Task Force hopes that private companies will join the City of Spokane in working to close the pay gap. Equitable wages across the city would result in an estimated $600 million in economic activity.

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