Discussion of the gender wage gap has been in the news recently, whether it is Jennifer Lawrence decrying making less than her Hollywood male co-stars, or nearly every presidential candidate being asked what she or he would do to shrink the wage gap (with widely varying answers).
Today NWLC released a new analysis based on data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey of the gender wage gap for African American women, Latinas, Asian American and Native American women working full time, year round as compared their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts in all 50 states and D.C.
NWLC’s analysis shows that we have a long way to go before equal pay is a reality for women of color.
Here are some of our key findings:
- Washington D.C. has the smallest wage gap in the country when comparing all women with all men, but for African American women the wage gap is the second largest in the nation: African American women working full time, year round only make 55.6 cents for every dollar white, non-Hispanic men make in D.C.
- California has the 8th smallest wage gap in the country for all women compared to all men, but the wage gap for Latinas in California is the second largest in the country (they make less than half, 42.9 cents, of every dollar white, non-Hispanic men earn), and Native American women, the third worst in the country (50.7 cents for every dollar white, non-Hispanic men make).
- Utah ranks among the ten worst wage gaps in the nation for African American women, Latinas, Asian American women and Native American women.
- The worst overall gender wage gap in the nation is in Louisiana, where women who work full time, year round typically make 65.3 cents for every dollar men make. Native American women’s wage gap is wider than this in 37 states.
- Latinas typically make less than half of what white, non-Hispanic men make in 12 states.
Check out our interactive maps to see how your state ranks.