• Give a Gift
  • Customer Service
  • Promotions
  • Videos
  • Blogs
  • Win
  • Games

How the Pay Gap Affects You: Best States

If you live here, you're better off than most.




In the race to close the nation's ever present gender pay gap, these states are outshining the rest.

This month, Minnesota passed the Women's Economic Security Act, a multi-faceted law that ensures fairness for women in the workplace. The law's nine parts include wage disclosure protection, better protections and accommodations for pregnant women and new mothers, among other amendments.

Last year, Boston's mayor, Thomas Menino, stated his goal to make the city the first in the U.S. to eliminate the pay gap, making it the "premier city for working women." A big goal to be sure, but they’re working to make it happen. The city is asking companies to sign the 100% Talent: The Boston Women’s Compact to join in their efforts to understand the wage gap, close it, and gage how well they've done in doing so. The women of Massachusetts also has a big player on their side: Senator Elizabeth Warren, a strong supporter of equal pay.

Women may only make up less than 10 percent of Fortune 500 CEO's, but in Michigan, General Motors named its first female CEO, Mary Barra, this past January. Did we mention that she’s the first woman to hold the top job at a major car company—ever?

Washington, D.C.
Let’s hope that our capital city is setting the tone for the pay gap throughout the nation. Washington, D.C. In the race to close the wage gap, the city is the winner by quite a bit. D.C. women make 90 percent of what a man makes—5 percent more than any other state, according to the American Association of Unviersity Women. In second place is Maryland, and it can only be assumed that a significant number of workers living in Maryland work in D.C. as well. But that’s not all of the District’s accolades. According to a study done by WalletHub, they also rank first in professional opportunities for women.

This one may surprise you—WalletHub also says that Alabama—who ranks fifth from last in the measure of pay gap by state—ranks first for the highest female-to-male executive ratio (74.48 percent), meaning that they have the greatest gender balance in the boardroom of any state. Who came in second, however, will surprise no one—Washington, D.C.

On a larger scale, the wage gap isn’t just about equal pay, but fair and equal treatment as well. And when talking about fair treatment of women in the workforce, the subject of rights for working moms is bound to come up. In that realm, it is the state of Oregon that takes top honors, according to WalletHub.

Making laws isn’t the only way to make a difference in ending the pay gap. At the end of last year, the office of the Governor of the state of Connecticut, Dannel P. Malloy, published a report on pay equity designed to encourage companies and employers to shrink the gap between men and women’s pay.

Also last year, Vermont passed a new package, An Act Relating to Equal Pay, that demands state contractors to determine pay using job-related reasons only. The act also assures that workers are able to request a more flexible schedule—a provision that will without a doubt benefit the state’s working mothers.

California is home to the nation’s best paid female executive, Safra Ada Catz, the CFO and President of tech giant Oracle, who brought home a cool $44.3 million in 2013, according to FindTheBest Companies.



The States That Have the Biggest Pay Gap for Women
Why You Should Care About Equal Pay
Want to Find Out What Your Co-Worker's Make?
The Real Reason Why Companies Don't Want to Pay You Fairly


post a comment

Connect with Marie Claire:
daily giveaway
One winner will receive a year’s supply of makeup products from Lancôme ($389) and a year’s supply of hair products from Garnier Fructis ($90), as selected by the Sponsors.

One winner will receive a year’s supply of makeup products from Lancôme ($389) and a year’s supply of hair products from Garnier Fructis ($90), as selected by the Sponsors.

enter now
You Know You Want More
Special Offer
Link Your Marie Claire Account to Facebook

Marie Claire already has an account with this email address. Link your account to use Facebook to sign in to Marie Claire. To insure we protect your account, please fill in your password below.

Forgot Password?

Thanks for Joining

Your information has been saved and an account has been created for you giving you full access to everything marieclaire.com and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your username and/or password or complete your profile, click here.

Your accounts are now linked

You now have full access to everything Marie Claire and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your settings or profile, click here.