Hillary Clinton Calls for Equal Pay

"And finally, we need workplace policies like paid leave and flexible scheduling that allow parents to take care of their obligations at home without sacrificing pay at work. Now, it’s no secret that on equal pay and many other issues, we’re up against some pretty powerful forces, political and economic, that will do, say, and spend whatever it takes to advance a very different vision for America. I’m here to tell you I’m not afraid to take them on."

On May 27, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina
Sources: Hillary Clinton campaign website, C-Span

Context: Hillary Clinton rallied the Democratic Women’s Council in South Carolina to talk about how a strong middle class and financially stable families are keys to the country’s success. On that topic, she highlights a less frequently discussed way of achieving this: equal pay. Clinton specifies that inequality in the workplace for women affects more than just women: "When any parent is short-changed, the entire family is short-changed.” She stresses that Republicans will not “get on board” with this issue, recalling politicians that have described it as “bogus” or claimed it is “wasting time.”

Most of us have heard several times that women still earn approximately 70 cents on the male-earned dollar. Like that statistic, the gender gap in earnings is generally discussed in nationwide terms given the problem's systemic and far-reaching nature. Still, because so many wage and labor-related laws are created and enforced at the state and local levels, we wondered

Is there regional variation in the earnings gap between men and women?

Of course, the earnings gap will have disproportionate effects on some households based on education, the number of earners in the household, and the overall local income level. Consider cross-referencing our atlas entries on educational attainment (including a breakdown of earnings by sex and by level of education), single-parent households, and median household income.