A recent article came out from USA Today, ranking the 10 best-paying cities for women. April 9 was Equal Pay Day, marking the day where women – who make an average of $0.77 to every $1.00 a man makes – finally earn enough to keep pace with men.
However, in the article marking the 10 best-paying cities for women, there was an area that stood out – South Florida. As a native Floridian, I am happy to say:
- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater came in at #10, with women making (on average) 84.8% of what men make.
- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach came in at #9, with women making (on average) 85.4% of what men make.
- And the Sarasota-Bradenton-North Port area came in at #3, with women making (on average) 87.5% of what men make.
There are many reasons why south Florida may be more equitable than most areas (I, personally, think that it has something to do with the large retiree population here), but it’s really interesting that half of the major metropolitan areas in the state of Florida rank in the top 10 for equal(ish) pay.
The pay gap is a serious issue, but it has some funny sides, too: my favorite finding from Equal Pay Day is this great video from Switzerland, where a bank and a women’s equality non-profit teamed up to show men what it’s like to get 80% of what you should.
Why do you think southern Florida ranks so high for equal pay for women?