Just how friendly is Massachusetts for women workers?

According to Daniel P. Aldrich, political science professor at Northeastern University, closing the gender pay gap comes down to institutional and social norm changes.

“Studies have shown that women are less likely than men to advocate for higher wages, and need coaching and a supportive environment to make this behavior more regular,” Aldrich told WalletHub. “The first solution would be to change the norms in the workplace so that managers and women workers see women as deserving of equal pay. The second set of solutions would require firms to track the gender gap internally and work to correct it.”