Gender Wage Gap

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Year after year, Idaho gets slapped with an unwelcome designation: It's one of the states where women earn the least compared to men.

A recent study of the “gender wage gap” came from the National Women's Law Center, and found the typical woman worker in Idaho earns 75.2 cents for every dollar earned by her male counterpart.

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April 17th marks Equal Pay Day.  It symbolizes the 23 percent pay gap between men and women in the United States.  Women must work from January 1st last year to April 17th this year to match what men earned in 2011 alone.  Women in Idaho would have to work even longer, as the state  ranks 43rd in the nation for this type of wage disparity.

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Another day, another study that places Idaho among the worst states in terms of the gender pay gap.

This time, it’s the American Association of University Women that’s tracking the disparities in men’s and women’s earnings by state.  The AAUW study places Idaho 43rd, based on federal data from 2010.

What does placing 43rd mean?  Continue reading...