The state a woman lives in can have a significant impact on everything from the laws that protect her from job discrimination to her access to reproductive health care. At NWLC, we track key state laws and policies that affect women and their families, and we crunch the numbers to analyze where women currently stand in each state.
American women who work full time, year round are typically paid only 82 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts.
11% of women age 19-64 do not have health coverage of any kind.
Nearly 1 in 8 women, more than 15.5 million, live in poverty.
Poverty rates – national
National poverty rates calculated by NWLC based on 2019 Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement.
Poverty rates – states
State poverty rates calculated by NWLC based on 2018 American Community Survey.
Figures are the ratio of female and male annual median earnings for full time, year round workers. National wage gaps calculated by NWLC based on 2019 Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement. Overall wage gap figures by state calculated by NWLC are based on 2018 American Community Survey. Figures for Black women and Latinas calculated by NWLC are based on 2013-2017 American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates.
Uninsurance rates for women calculated by NWLC based on 2018 American Community Survey.
Access to care due to cost
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health. BRFSS Prevalence & Trends Data, 2018 Annual Survey.
State wage gap figures for women of color are calculated using the U.S. Census Bureau 2018 American Community Survey. Black women refers to those who identified themselves in the survey as Black or African American. White men refers to those who identified themselves as white, but who indicated that they are not of Hispanic, Latinx, or Spanish origin. Latinas refers to women of any race who identified themselves to be of Hispanic, Latinx, or Spanish origin.