Where Does Your State Rank In Equal Pay?

Today marks Equal Pay Day and an opportunity to take a closer look as the wage disparities between the genders. The bottom line: the wage gap is real and it is persistent.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) released a new state-by-state report on equal pay rankings, along with an interactive map that shows wage disparities in each state. How does your state rate? Some of the rankings may surprise you.

Overall the wage gap is the narrowest in Washington D.C., where women earn 91 cents on the dollar to men and worst in Wyoming where women make just 64 percent of men’s earnings. As expected, the numbers get worse when you account for race. African American and Hispanic women earn much less–just 70 percent and 61 percent of what white men on average earn. Nationally women earn just 77 percent of their male peers.

This discrepancy in pay costs working women and their families tens of thousands of dollars a year. It directly impacts women’s retirement security and ability to save for emergencies and college and it reinforces an outdated and offensive world view that women’s work is simply not of the same value as men’s.

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Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush5 years ago

May I repeat: You can fool some of the people some of the time, but, you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

Is there actually, really, honestly, anyone out there that doesn't know there is a discrepancy in male to female wages?
Come on now, no one is that naive, not if they are telling the truth.

Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin5 years ago

Vote Democrat
The Republicans' destructive social policies ENSURE there will be UNESCESSARRY SUFFERING AND DEATH.

The Republicans dehumanize their victims like rapists, and use evil social policy to callously murder the non-rich.

The Republicans know this, and actively CHOOSE to cause UNESCESSARRY SUFFERING AND DEATH.

A vote for the Republican party might as well be rape and murder by proxy.

The Democrats on the other hand have made good on some of their promises despite Republican barriers, and continue to advocate for the middle/poor classes against the Republicans' wishes.


Luvenia V.
Luvenia V5 years ago

Elaine A., once again I find your past statement about being a Scholar a little hard to swallow. Do you really believe that the President has the ability to print money, ANY money? According to your post you do believe it is the President who determines how much money is printed and that is NOT even CLOSE to the truth. To explain how our money is printed and by whom is it printed would take to long but you might want to read up on the history of Private Banks and especially the FED Reserve. The enemy of America is right here and in power, a power greater than the Congress, the Senate and the White House combined.

Before his death he was asked what he regarded as his greatest achievement. President Andrew replied without hesitation,“I Killed The Bank,”This is in reference to the fact he banished the Rothschilds Second Bank of the United States in 1836: but then only to return later in 1913, as the rothschild’s disarmingly named ‘The Federal Reserve’.
During his presidency (1829 – 1837), Andrew Jackson opposed the rothschild national bank and believed in the powerful role of the president and a strong Union.

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad5 years ago

Well at the rate Obama is printing up money, there shouldn't be one State in the union with a single poor person, let alone a pay discrepancy between man or woman! His new mantra should be.........."We can print it , yes we can".

jo Howard
jo Howard5 years ago

Instead of ranking States ... why don't they just fix the pay gap?

Nicholas L.
Nicholas L5 years ago

Though I do agree there is a pay difference based on gender I do not think this report is a very good telling of it, because it generalizes all work forces and jobs into one and does not compare women in a certain position to men in the same position. It would be easier to prove the gap by comparing positions rather than age groups and educations.

Sandi C.
Sandi C5 years ago


Tahni W5 years ago

I was under the impression that in my state there was a law in place in the late 80's that made pay rates equal. I was 20 when I became a supervisor and discovered on accident that the men I was responsible for supervising and training were making a lot more than me for less actual work. There is no equality....it's a big fat joke.

Carole Lindberry
Carole L5 years ago

Stephanie H.
“I am originally from Wyoming and I think the discrepancy in pay is exaggerated because women do not tend to want to work in the oil field or mining industries. So they end up working in lower paying service industry.”

What this shows is the discrepancy of between wages women receive for doing the ‘same’ job as a man.

Sharon H.
Sharon H5 years ago

My state has a big gap, but I was lucky to work for the airlines. Everyone starts at the exact same pay and everyone gets the exact same amounts for raises. Those are based on seniority and not performance. It's a fair and balanced system. They are requiring more work from each person just like other companies, but the men don't make more than the women. I don't know how it is in upper management...it is a contracted job once you get that far, so it might be different there.