A new study says Kansas lags many other states when it comes to the pay disparity between men and women.

The report from the American Association of University Women ranks Kansas 42nd in the nation. It says women make on average 77 percent as much as their male counterparts in Kansas, but it stresses the state can improve.

Kim Churches, with the group, says protecting employees who disclose salaries can help bring disparities to light. She says the state could also block the use of past salaries in hiring.