As advocacy groups, government officials and others observe Equal Pay Day, Rep. Mazie Hirono says Hawaii women deserve better than a pay gap that ranks the state 16th in terms of pay ratios between men and women.
“On average, each woman in Hawaii is paid 80 cents for every dollar a man makes for doing the same work,” Hirono said in a statement. “That’s a wage gap of more than two million dollars a year between full-time working women and men. This gender wage gap exists regardless of education level or industry. Our women deserve better.”
According to data from the the American Association of University Women, women working in Washington, D.C., come closest to making as much as their male counterparts. The earnings ratio in the District is 91 percent.
Women are worst off in Wyoming, where they make 64 cents to a man’s dollar. Nationally, women make 77 cents on the dollar compared with men, the AAUW reports. Here’s the group’s state-by-state breakdown: