Indiana women paid far less than men, study says

A recent study found women in Indiana are making 72 cents for every dollar a man makes

Indianapolis

A recent study found women in Indiana are making far less than men and ranked it the fifth worst state in wage gap.

According to NationalPartnership.org, the median pay for a woman working full time is $32,221 per year, while the median pay for a man is $44,851.

That means women are paid 72 cents for every dollar paid to men.

The study found if women were paid equally, they would be able to buy 3,049 additional gallons of gas a year or 115 more weeks of food.

"That's a huge difference," said April Gamble, a full-time working professional. She said the statistics hit home.

"It's really frustrating, because you know, I went to college, got the same degree as my counterpart," she said. "A lot of times I think I work three or four times harder being a female and also a minority female, because I feel like I have to prove myself more."

She believes the gap is so wide, because women are looked at differently than men.

"Women may be viewed here as more expendable. Too much trouble maybe?"

However, mentor and creator of 'Thin Gloss' April Morris believes women aren't educated in the art of negotiating.

"I think that a lot of women don't understand or don't realize that they can negotiate their salary and I think men do," said Morris.

In her own life, she went from making $6 an hour to making six figures. She left her hourly job and went into real-estate. Eventually, she started her own business and in her spare time coaches women for Business Women Connect.

She said she raised her pay by raising her standards.

"I decided that not only was I gonna negotiate my salary, but I was gonna raise my standards and become world class and educate myself," explained Morris. "So that when I am in there in negotiations, yeah, I'm also bringing in my A game and I'm worth that money."

Whatever the reasons behind the gap, Gamble said the numbers say a lot about the state.

"It's like we're in the dark ages," said Gamble. "And you wonder why hard working females, they don't wanna stay in Indiana."

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