The Gender Wage Gap, State by State

Based on data from the National Women’s Law Center, a new state-by-state study breaks down the national numbers to reveal the width of the gap in each state. In part, the disparity results from individual states taking action to close the gap, while Congress has failed to enact any national legislation–in spite of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act being in their hands since 2009.

Illinois ranks right in the middle with a wage gap of just under $0.21 overall, with different numbers broken down to account for race: Asian-American women do slightly better with a gap of just under $0.14, but others fare worse, including African-Americans ($0.36), Native Americans ($o.45), and Latinas ($0.52).

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