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 only paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts.
11% of women, ages 18-64, do not have health coverage of any kind.
More than one in eight women, about 16.9 million, live in poverty.
Poverty rates – national
National poverty rates calculated by NWLC based on 2017 Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement.
Poverty rates – states
State poverty rates calculated by NWLC based on 2016 American Community Survey.
Figures are the ratio of female and male annual median earnings for full time, year round workers. National wage gap calculated by NWLC based on 2017 Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement. Overall wage gap figures by state calculated by NWLC are based on 2016 American Community Survey. Figures for African American women and Latinas calculated by NWLC are based on 2011-2015 American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates.
Uninsurance rates for women calculated by NWLC based on 2016 American Community Survey.
Access to care due to cost
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention andHealth Promotion, Division of Population Health. BRFSS Prevalence & Trends Data, 2015 Annual Survey. 2017.
State wage gap figures for women of color are calculated using the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. The “African American” race category includes women who identified themselves in the survey as Black or African American. The “white” race category includes those who identified themselves as white, but not of Hispanic origin. The “Latina” category includes women of any race who identified themselves to be of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.