BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — March is Women’s History Month, a time when many celebrate history’s greatest women and acknowledge the obstacles they have overcome to reach success. But instead of focusing on the positive strides women have made, new research reveals there’s still work to do to achieve gender equity in America.
Business.org, which connects small and mid-size businesses with research, reviews and recommendations, sourced data from government and academic sources to determine the severity of the gender wage gap in each state.
Louisiana has the third highest pay gap at 28%. Women working full time in the state make an average of $37,075 each year, and men working full time earn an average annual salary of $51,733, according to an article breaking down the research.
Topping Louisiana’s wage gap are Utah and Wyoming, with wage gaps of 30% and 35%, respectively.
Vermont has the smallest gap, with women earning 9% less than men.
The article provided a list of possible reasons that wage gaps still persist in each state today:
- Lack of equal access to funding for female-owned businesses
- Corporate cultures that tend to promote men or where men are more likely to get raises
- Unequal hiring practices
- States with cultures that emphasize traditional family work structures
- The number of women-owned businesses in a given state
- Lack of local legislation that protects women from discriminatory corporate practices
Although the average national wage gap has closed significantly since 1979 when women earned less than 70% of what men earned, that number has floated between 81% and 82% since 2010, the article reveals.
This disparity is the greatest for women working in the law, medical science and finance fields. Women in law occupations earn 45% less than their male counterparts, female medical scientists make 35% less and female financial managers make 34% less.
Women do out-earn men in a few fields, though.
Female producers and directors make an average of 6% more than males in those positions, and female office and administrative support workers earn 5% more. Bus drivers, wholesale or retail buyers and fast food workers who are women earn 2% more than their male counterparts.
For more information on the analysis, visit https://www.business.org/hr/benefits/gender-pay-gap/.
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