While U.S. women still earn substantially less than men by pretty much every metric–but things are a little bit better in Maryland than they are elsewhere, at least.
According to a new Bloomberg ranking, Maryland has the most gender-parity in the workplace, which includes not only pay ratios, but also labor participation, health coverage, poverty rates, and the share of women with college degrees. Among Marylanders who earn $100,000 per year or more, a third of them are women. However, the good news doesn’t apply equally to every woman in the state; other analyses have noted that Maryland has a notably low wage gap for white and African-American women, but also one of the worst gender wage gaps for Latinas.
Maryland’s top spot can in part be explained by its high proportion of government jobs. “Women tend to do well where the industries that dominate that state are white-collar industries, whether it’s insurance, or healthcare or education or government,” Heidi Hartmann, president of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, said.
The worst states for gender equality in the workplace include Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
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