On average, a woman earns 21% less than her male counterpart. That gap can be larger or smaller depending on the state someone lives in. The biggest wage gap in the nation is in Louisiana. 21 states in the country currently have gender pay gaps that are larger than the national average. Washington, D.C. has the smallest pay gap at 10.4%, which means that women earn an average of 10.4% less than men in the area.
Women of color face the biggest pay gap when compared to white men
Black and Hispanic women are most affected by the wage gap, especially when compared to white men, who make up the largest demographic segment of the workforce, according to the Senate report.
Asian women face the smallest wage gap – they earn 84% of what white men earn, resulting in a pay gap of 16%. White women earn 75% of what white men do, while black women earn 65% and Hispanic women earn 55%.
The only income source through which women age 65 and up make nearly the same as what men over 65 make is Social Security.