I’m on a geography roll. Recently there was the geography of haters and the top ten homicide states for women. This post will cover the geography of gender pay and the top worst cities for pay for women. Geography may not be exciting, but it’s certainly more exciting than deconstructing the impasse in the House of Representatives!
The gender pay gap is very near and dear to my heart. One of my earliest summer jobs was as a nurse’s aide in a convalescent hospital. I was paid $1.10/hour and my male counterpart was paid $1.25/hour. We were both college students and we had the same job description.
In the 1990s I was an associate pastor at one church making $18,000/year with no benefits and no allowances while my male counterparts were making $65,000/year with full benefits and allowances. I was at another church when we entered the 21st century and had 25 years of ministry experience. I was making $36,000/year. My colleague, who was my age but with less years of experience, was making over $100,000/year. The Christian church is still in the dark ages when it comes to gender equality.
It seems that women have been averaging $0.77 on the [white] man’s dollar for a good decade. It is an improvement since 1967 when women made $0.58 to a man’s dollar. However, it will take another 45 years to eradicate the gender pay gap at the current rate.
Pay gaps don’t just affect women, they impact families. In nearly two-thirds of families, women are the primary breadwinner – either as a single-mother or she makes more than or as much as her spouse – OR she’s a co-breadwinner contributing more than one-quarter of the family income. Families depend more on the income from a working mother than a working father.
Based on our geography lessons, these states seems to be particularly unfriendly toward women: South Carolina, Alaska, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Idaho, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Delaware. Homicides for women are higher, pay is lower, and if your non-white, disabled, or gay you are more likely to experience hate language.
And if you’re a working woman, you might also want to avoid these ten cities, many of which are in less than desirable states for women already!
10. Scranton, PA
Men’s annual earnings: $55,026
Women’s annual earnings: $36,822
Gender wage gap: 33%
No. 9 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Men’s annual earnings: $57,478
Women’s annual earnings: $37,749
Gender Gap: 34%
No. 8 Charlotte, North Carolina
Men’s annual earnings: $67,178
Women’s annual earnings: $44,089
Gender wage gap: 34%
No. 7 Jackson, Mississippi
Men’s annual earnings: $56,234
Women’s annual earnings: $36,792
Gender wage gap: 35%
No. 6 Ogden, Utah
Men’s annual earnings: $60,463
Women’s annual earnings: $38,407
Gender wage gap: 36%
No. 5 Boise, Idaho
Men’s annual earnings: $60,156
Women’s annual earnings: $38,067
Gender wage gap: 37%
No. 4 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Men’s annual earnings: $61,778
Women’s annual earnings: $38,371
Gender wage gap: 38%
No. 3 Knoxville, Tennessee
Men’s annual earnings: $61,813
Women’s annual earnings: $38,376
Gender wage gap: 38%
No. 2 Provo, Utah
Men’s annual earnings: $60,023
Women’s annual earnings: $35,770
Gender wage gap: 40%
No. 1 Stamford, Connecticut
Men’s annual earnings: $118,060
Women’s annual earnings: $63,553
Gender wage gap: 46%
Well, I think I’ve had enough of geography!