Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement Tuesday in observance of "Equal Pay Day," which raises public awareness of the wage gap between men and women.

In the statement, Gov. Snyder says, "Equal pay for women is a must if we are to achieve true equality between the sexes. I have always been committed to the principle of equal pay and to eliminating any gender bias in pay systems."

He adds, "Pay equity will drive Michigan's prosperity as well. It makes good business sense to have fair, equal and transparent reward systems. All employees must have confidence in a pay system that treats them fairly. Women are full partners in Michigan's reinvention. They deserve to be treated as such."

New data analysis from the American Association of University Women shows that the gap between wages differs depending on the state where you live. Michigan ranks in 42nd place, with women making an average 74 percent of a man's salary.

Washington, D.C., took the number one spot with men making an average 9 percent more than women there, while Wyoming came in last place with women making 64 percent of a man's salary.

Nationally, women make an average 23 percent less than men, which is up from 1970, when women made 59 percent of a man's salary.

The data was collected from the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau.

Equal Pay Day originated in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages.