In every state, women earn less than men according to new data from WalletHub's Richie Bernardo. Women are still struggling to break the glass ceiling, and the United States is in the 28th position on the the World Economic Forum’s ranking of the most gender-equal countries--falling eight places behind several developing nations since 2014.
But some states in the U.S. make it harder for women to succeed than men. WalletHub looked at the data and found the best and worst states for gender equality in the nation. Hawaii ranked at number one with the highest scores for workplace environment, education, and political empowerment, and has the smallest pay and political representation disparities between genders. Hawaii was followed by Alaska, Maine, California, and Vermont. On the other hand, Utah was the worst state for gender equality, followed by Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana.
WalletHub gave BUILDER some more insights into the gender gap across the nation:
- Wyoming has the highest gap, with women earning 32.3 percent less, whereas Hawaii has the lowest, 7.2 percent.
- Men have longer average workdays than women. North Dakota has the highest work-hours gap, with men working 19.3 percent longer. Nevada has the lowest, with men working 9.0 percent longer.
- In nearly every state, women represent the highest percentage of minimum-wage workers. Louisiana has the highest gap, with 56 percent more females. Alaska, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming have an equal ratio of females to males.
- Alaska has the highest unemployment-rate gap favoring women, with 2.1 percent more unemployed men. Utah has the highest gap favoring men, with 1 percent more unemployed women. The unemployment rate is equal for men and women in Indiana and Wisconsin.
- In every state legislature, male lawmakers outnumber their female counterparts. Wyoming has the highest gap, with 84.6 percent more males. Colorado has the lowest, with 27.6 percent more males.