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Equal Pay Day: Are leading Ohio companies failing the women who work for them?

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Posted at 1:10 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 13:29:34-04

In the United States, women make about 80% of what their male counterparts earn in the workplace for similar positions. That's a gap of 20 cents for every dollar.

In Ohio, men earn a median income of $50,051 compared to $37,365 for women. That means in our state, women earn 75% of what men do, ranking 42nd out of all states and the District of Columbia.

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, if the annual wage gap were eliminated, on average, a working woman in Ohio would have enough money for approximately:

  • 80 more weeks of food for her family (1.5 year's worth);
  • 9 more months of mortgage and utilities payments;
  • or, more than 14 additional months of rent.

So what does this say about leading Ohio employers?

We checked a number of publications which track "the best companies for women," and found very few based in Ohio.

These lists include how women are compensated for their work among the ranking criteria. While only two lists we checked include Ohio companies, they all include some employers who--while not based here--do business in the state. 

What is Equal Pay Day? April 4 symbolically marks how much longer full-time working women need to work to earn the same pay that men earned the year before. 

Fortune Magazine: 100 Best Workplaces for Women | This list includes just two companies based in Ohio:
  • Ohio Health (Columbus) Rank: 39
  • Licking Memorial Health Systems (Newark): Rank 88
  • FULL LIST
Business Insider: Best companies for women | This item lists 17 companies, none of which are based in Ohio, but some of which do business here. FULL LIST
 
Forbes Magazine: 2016's Top 25 Companies For Women | Again, there are no Ohio companies listed. FULL LIST
 
Working Mother: Best Companies | Although Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble does not appear on the previous three lists, Working Mother gives it fairly high marks in a number of categories (FULL P&G PROFILE on WorkingMother.com):
  • Top company for executive women (2017)
  • 100 best companies (2016)
  • Best companies for multicultural women (2016)

The Ohio pay gap by Congressional District

Women working in Ohio House District 3 fare the best in terms of closing the pay gap: Women earn about 91 cents of every dollar men earn for similar work.
 
The picture is bleakest in Ohio House District 6, where women earn about 69% percent of men's earnings.