CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming women earn 70.6 cents for each $1 that men earn and 13 cents of that gap “could not be explained by industry or other factors.”
That is according to a Wyoming Department of Workforce Services 2018 report, which was mentioned in a press release about Wyoming’s Equal Pay Day.
Equal Pay Day was officially June 10 this year and Governor Mark Gordon signed a proclamation on Monday, June 17 declaring this.
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“Today I signed a proclamation recognizing June 10 as Wyoming’s Equal Pay Day,” Gordon said on Twitter. “This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work in order to earn what men earned in the previous year.”
Wyoming’s Equal Pay Day is different from year to year, earlier if the pay gap shrinks and later if it widens, according to the Wyoming Council for Women’s issues press release.
“The day is dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap and the economic impact it has on women and communities,” the WCWI said. “The date differs from year to year if the gender pay gap widens or shrinks and also varies based on race and ethnicity, as not all groups of women earn the same.”
Wyoming Council for Women and Wyoming Women’s Foundation representatives attended the proclamation signing and shared some thoughts.
“‘This is the 20th year of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, and the wage gap has existed since before then,’ said Rebekah Smith, the director of the Foundation. ‘We have committed to a renewed effort to closing that gap, and we are grateful for your support.'”
Smith also said that the gap can not be fully explained away by pointing out that men and women work in different industries.
While the overall gap sits at 29.4 cents according to the 2018 data, Workforce Services found that 13 cents of this gap could not be explained by industry differences or other factors, leaving gender as a central factor.
“It’s important to dispel the myth that Wyoming’s wage gap exists solely because of the industries that operate here, Smith added,” the press release reads.