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According to the New York Times, the District of Columbia has the lowest pay gap between male and female workers in the country, compared to the 50 states. From NYT: “in the District of Columbia, the median weekly wage of full-time women workers is 96.5 percent of that for their male counterparts, far and away the most parity in the country.” The U.S. average is 80.2 percent; Louisiana women are trailing the rest of the country, making only 65 percent of men’s wages. Some other local stats: Virginia women make 80.4 percent of what Virginia men do; Maryland women make 87.3 percent. Of course, in this contest, we’re a tiny urban area competing with states filled with urban, suburban, and rural areas—-so this is likely more a triumph for cities than it is for the District.
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