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Best and worst states for women’s equality

JACKSON, Wyo. — With Women’s Equality Day around the corner and women losing their jobs at a greater rate than men during the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best & Worst States for Women’s Equality.

In order to determine where women receive the most equal treatment in American society, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 17 key metrics. The data set ranges from the gap between female and male executives to the disparity in unemployment rates for women and men.

Wyoming, the state that just sent an all-women ticket to DC for two open Congressional seats, bills itself as the Equality State. But is it, by the metrics?

Best vs. Worst

  • In every state, women earn less than men. California has the lowest gap, with women earning 11.70 percent less, whereas Wyoming has the highest, 32.20 percent.
  • In nearly every state, women represent the highest share of minimum-wage workers. Arizona, Montana and Illinois have an equal ratio of women to men. Iowa, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming have the highest minimum-wage workers gap at 50.00 percent.
  • Alaska has the highest unemployment-rate gap favoring women, with 2.80 percent more unemployed men. Rhode Island has the highest gap favoring men, with 1.00 percent more unemployed women. The unemployment rate is equal for men and women in California.
  • In nearly every state legislature, male lawmakers outnumber their female counterparts. Nevada has the highest gap favoring women, with 10.00 percent more women. West Virginia has the highest gap favoring men, with 84.48 percent more men.

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