How Big Is the Gender Wage Gap in Your State? Now You Can Find Out

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.

Susan Gunelius

Susan Gunelius is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Women on Business. She is a 20-year veteran of the marketing field and has authored ten books about marketing, branding, and social media, including the highly popular 30-Minute Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing for Dummies, Blogging All-in-One for Dummies and Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps. Susan’s marketing-related content can be found on,,,, and more. Susan is President & CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a marketing communications company. She has worked in corporate marketing roles and through client relationships with AT&T, HSBC, Citibank, Intuit, The New York Times, Cox Communications, and many more large and small companies around the world. Susan also speaks about marketing, branding and social media at events around the world and is frequently interviewed by television, online, radio, and print media organizations about these topics. She holds an MBA in Management and Strategy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.

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