By Anusha Kankure

If the wage gap were to be eradicated, New Hampshire women would gain improved access to essentials such as food and shelter for 14 months, which would vastly improve life for the 24 percent of Granite State women living below the poverty level.

Statistics developed by the National Partnerships depict the worsening national wage gap by race. For every dollar earned by a white man, black women are paid 63 cents and Latina women are paid 54 cents. Asian women are paid 85 cents for every dollar earned by a white male. White women are paid 75 cents for every dollar made by a male. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the wage gap is estimated to close around 2079 in New Hampshire.

There are a multitude of reasons to explain the gender wage gap. Countless women encounter health issues during and post-pregnancy, resulting in missing work. Studies conducted at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst report that 39 percent of women have taken off from work for a pregnancy whereas fathers see a boost in their pay after their child is born.

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