In Wisconsin, full-time working women earn an average of $9,945 less than their male counterparts. This wage gap is even larger for non-white women — Black women make just 63 cents and Latinas make just 55 cents for every dollar a white man earns.
According to the National Partnership for Women & Families, the extra $9,945 for women could, on average, do one of the following: pay for 6.6 months of health insurance premiums, pay for one year of childcare, pay off student loan debt in an average of three years, or an average year of rent.
Perhaps more importantly, $9,945 would pay for approximately one-fifth of a Culver’s franchise fee ($55,000 for 15 years). In other words, it’s time for Wisconsin to close the pay gap so we can all have easier access to cheese curds.