The pay gap between men and women — the difference in pay for the same jobs— was front and center in last week's presidential debate. The exchange over equal pay led to the second debate's most memorable quip about "binders full of women." That statement became an instant Internet meme.
Slate has published an interactive map showing how each state and county does with wage inequality. Rhode Island falls somewhere in the middle of the pack; women earn just 69 cents for every dollar men make for doing the exact same job. In Bristol County, it's slightly worse. Women here earn just 67 cents for every dollar a man makes.
In New England, Suffolk County (Boston and a few surrounding cities) does best. On average, women there are paid 83 cents for every dollar a man earns for the same job. Coastal New Hampshire's Rockingham County, where women average 59 cents for every dollar a man in a similar role would earn, is the worst in the region.
After decades of debate, the needle's barely budged on pay inequality. What can be done? Should the government step in and legislate pay equality? Or should there be more societal pressure on companies? Tell us your ideas in the comments section below.