Want to know how big the wage gap is in your state? Thanks to a comprehensive analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today (and a handy interactive online tool), you can find out just how big the wage gap is between men and women in each of the 435 Congressional District in all 50 states of the country.
The analysis was conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families. The organization explained in today’s press release:
“Nationally, full-time working women are paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to full-time working men, according to Census data. According to the new analysis, the congressional districts with the largest gender-based pay differences are found in Louisiana, Virginia, New Jersey and West Virginia. The districts with the largest wage gap are in southern Louisiana; women there are paid just 61 cents for every dollar paid to men.
“The Paycheck Fairness Act would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and establish stronger workplace protections for women. In the last two Congresses, the U.S. House of Representatives passed it, but it fell two votes short of moving forward in the Senate in 2010. It was reintroduced in the current Congress but blocked by a procedural vote in June of this year.”
We already know what the wage gap costs women in terms of food, rent, mortgage, bills, and other common expenses, but this is the first time gender wage gap data has been analyzed at a congressional district level. The National Partnership for Women & Families hopes it enables women, families and lawmakers to consider the local impact of disparities in pay.