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.

Resources for State Policymakers

Map Sources

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.

Wage gap
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.

Uninsured women
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.

Note

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.