Other such states where the gap is bigger than 30 cents per every dollar are Mississippi, Alabama, Virginia, West Virginia, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Idaho, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The smallest gap is in California, where working mothers make 76.4 cents for every dollar working fathers make. Arkansas is second at 74.6, followed by Oregon and Florida, at 74.5.
The largest overall wage gap was in New Jersey, where working fathers make $25,000 more annually than mothers, Danielle Paquette reports for The Washington Post. In six other states fathers made more than $20,000 a year more than women: Alaska ($21,000), Utah ($21,000), Wyoming ($22,000), Massachusetts ($23,000), Louisiana ($23,000), Connecticut ($25,000). (National Women's Law Center map: For an interactive version click here)
"The psychological impact of receiving less pay for equal work can be devastating," Paquette writes. "Expectant mothers, anticipating judgement amid an otherwise joyful time, sometimes hide their bellies for as long as possible—or plunge into overdrive at work to combat the stereotype, often at the expense of their health."