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Five Things to Know About Women of Color and the Gender Wage Gap in the States

This week the Census released new state data that we used to look at the gender wage gap in earnings for African-American and Hispanic women working full time, year round as compared to white, non-Hispanic men in all 50 states and D.C.

Here are the top 5 things you need to know:

  1. Washington, D.C.’s gender wage gap is the smallest in the nation – but the wage gaps for Hispanic and African-American women in D.C. rank among the ten worst in the country.
  2. Based on these wage gaps, the difference in lifetime earnings between African-American women and white, non-Hispanic men over a 40-year career would be more than $1 million in five states and D.C. For Hispanic women, it would be more than $1 million in 21 states and D.C.
  3. D.C., New Jersey, Alabama, and Utah rank among the ten worst wage gaps in the nation for both African-American and Hispanic women.
  4. The worst overall gender wage gap in the nation is in Wyoming, where women who work full time, year round typically make 36.2 percent less than their male counterparts. African-American women’s wage gap is wider than this in over half of the states.
  5. Hispanic women typically make less than half of what white, non-Hispanic men make in 14 states and D.C.

To see where your state ranks, check out the new tables for African-American and Hispanic women. For more information on women of color and the wage gap nationally, see our new in-depth analysis.


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