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Ten Worst States for Women's Wage Equality Released by National Women's Law Center

October 25, 2012

(WASHINGTON, DC) Wyoming tops the list of the Ten Worst States for Women’s Wage Equality, according to analysis released today by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) that compares annual, median earnings for men and women who work full time, year round.  Nationally the typical woman is paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to the typical man, leading to a wage gap of 23 cents.  The national wage gap has not improved in a decade. In all the states on the Ten Worst list – Louisiana, Utah, West Virginia, North Dakota, Mississippi, Michigan, Alabama, Montana, and Idaho – the wage gap is larger than the national figure.

“Women earn less than men in every state, but the states on the Ten Worst list are particularly egregious,” said Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women’s Law Center.  “The wage gap is an unfair burden, not only on women workers, but also on their families who depend on women’s earnings to put food on the table, pay for child care, and fill the gas tank.  Women’s earnings are especially vital now, in the wake of harsh cuts to public services that bolster low-income families.” 

At the national level, this 23-cent gap shortchanges women and their families by $11,084 annually. If a woman worked for 40 years, she would lose more than $443,000. A woman would have to work almost 12 years longer than a man to make up the difference in earnings.  In Wyoming this figure is much worse – the wage gap there equates to $17,249 annually.  Over the course of her career, this would cost a woman nearly $690,000.  She would have to work another 20 years to close this gap. Similar comparisons are available for each state.


 
For a list of all 50 states see: http://www.nwlc.org/resource/2011-wage-gap-state-rankings

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