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Show me a successful organization and I’ll show you an undervalued and underpaid Black woman, likely behind the scenes, pouring her heart and soul into her work.

Black women are the mules of the workforce. Sadly, when it comes to money, on average, we’re only pulling in 61 cents for every dollar earned by white men. Even worse, Black women must work 20 months to earn the same amount that white men do over a 12-month span. That adds up to Black women earning $946,120 less than white men over the course of a 40-year career, according to the National Women’s Law Center.

August 22 is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. In honor of this day, with the help of WalletHub, we’re highlighting the best and worst states for women’s equality.

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