In the U.S. we have come far with women’s equality but not far enough. Women across the country are still earning an average of 79 cents to every dollar that a man earns. Some states are better than others, some fall far below that average. Here is a list of the 10 worst states for women to earn money in from 247wallst.com, starting with number 10 and working our way to the worst state.
10. Kansas – Kansas sits right on the national average with women earning 79 cents to the dollar less than men. Only 36.2% of women hold leadership roles in the workforce in the state. Men bring in an average salary of $45,463 while women brought in $35,869.
9. Alabama – In Alabama women are earning 79 cents to every dollar. Out of the 105 members of the House of Representatives in Alabama only 15 are women. In the Senate only 5 out of 35 are women.
8. Indiana – The wage gap in Indiana is 74 cents to every dollar a man makes. Many mothers are forced to stay home due to the lack of state-funded childcare or preschool and very few benefits for new mothers who need help. Only 25% of the women in Indiana completed a bachelor’s degree.
7. South Dakota – The wage gap here is a little higher than Indiana’s at 75 cents per dollar but being a woman in this state’s workforce is harder. Less than 30% of managerial roles are held by women. They also do not get paid sick time to take care of themselves or their families.
6. Montana – Women in Montana earn an average of 74 cents per dollar. They make up around 35% of managerial positions. Many do not have access to good healthcare and 16% do not have insurance.
5. North Dakota – Women here only earn 70 cents per dollar. They bring in a median income of just $30,000 per year which men bring in at least $15,000 more per year.
4. Mississippi – Here women earn 77 cents per dollar. Education is lacking as only 84% of women have completed high school. Even though 42.5% of managerial positions are held by women it doesn’t raise their wages any.
3. Idaho – Women in Idaho earn an average of 76 cents per dollar. There are no state-funded preschools. Only a third of the managerial positions are held by women and they do not offer paid time off. Idaho was one of the states that chose not to expand Medicaid which hurts many of the women in the state as they are more likely to be poor than men.
2. Wyoming – Women in Wyoming earn a measly 69 cents to every dollar a man earns. The median average for men in the state is $52k while women average just under $36k. Wyoming does however have the highest percentage of women who earned a high school diploma in the country at 94%.
1.Utah – This is the worst state for women. They only earn 70 cents to the dollar and less than 31% hold managerial roles. There are only 6 women in the House of Representatives out of the 75 positions available.