6 States Where Women Are Underpaid
The progress of women’s rights and the feminist movement in the United States is one of the most storied causes to emerge over the course of the past century. From the Nineteenth Amendment to Title IX, myriad gains have been made by women in the legislature, in the workplace, and in society in general.
However, many still point to data that shows that women make less than their male counterparts as a sign that discrimination — be it intentional or otherwise — still persists across the country. Recently, the Center for American Progress published The State of Women in America, a booklet summarizing the living conditions of women across the country. The booklet addresses concerns in economics, leadership, and health to address which states are the best for women to live in.
Maryland was ranked as the best state for women to live in, with Hawaii, Vermont, California, and Delaware all also receiving top marks. Many states posted wage rates for women that were close to comparable to those of their male counterparts — in Arizona, Nevada, and New York, a woman makes over 80 percent of what a white man makes– but many states lagged behind. Let’s take a closer look at the 6 states where women make relatively the least money.