Women’s Equality Day: U.S. not in Global Top Ten

New York, N.Y. With Aug. 26 being Women’s Equality Day and the U.S. failing to make the top 10 on the Global Gender Gap Index, the leading personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best and Worst States for Women’s Equality.

1024px-Pelosi,_Harris,_Lofgren_on_Women's_Equality_Day Congresswoman Pelosi joins small business owners Connie Rivera and Kim Le,
Andrea Shorter of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women,
San Francisco Fire Chief JoAnne Hayes-White, District Attorney Kamala Harris,
and Rep. Zoe Lofgren to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment,
which gave women the right to vote in the United States.

To find the most gender-egalitarian states, WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states across 11 key metrics. Our data set ranges from the gap between female and male executives to the disparity between women’s and men’s unemployment rate.

Best States for Women’s Equality 
1    Hawaii
2    New York
3    Illinois
4    Maryland
5    Vermont
6    Maine
7    Minnesota
8    Wisconsin
T-9    Missouri
T-9    New Hampshire

Key Stats
In every state, women earn less than men. Wyoming has the highest pay gap, with women earning 31.4 percent less. Vermont has the lowest, with women earning 8.7 percent less.

In every state, male executives outnumber female executives. Utah has the highest gap, with 73.82 percent more males. Alabama has the lowest, with 28.25 percent more males.

Men have longer average workdays than women. North Dakota has the highest gap, with men working 19.6 percent longer. Nevada has the lowest, with men working 9.0 percent longer.

Alaska has the highest education gap favoring women, with 5.7 percent more women having a bachelor’s degree. Utah has the highest gap favoring men, with 5.2 percent more men having a bachelor’s degree. The most balanced state is Indiana.

In nearly every state, women represent the highest percentage of minimum-wage workers. Louisiana has the highest gap, with 56 percent more female than male minimum-wage workers. Alaska, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming have an equal ratio of women to men who earn minimum wage.

West Virginia has the highest unemployment-rate gap favoring women, with 2.6 percent more unemployed men. New Mexico has the highest gap favoring men, with 1.9 percent more unemployed women. The unemployment rate is equal for men and women in Maryland and North Dakota.

In every state legislature, there are more male than female lawmakers. Louisiana has the highest gap, with 86.6 percent more males. Colorado has the lowest, with 27.6 percent more males.

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The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness is the communications platform of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation (www.lucefoundation.org). There are now more than 100 contributors around the world to this publication.