Governor Proclaims Equal Pay Day
Pictured (left to right): Jennifer Wilmetti, Wyoming Council for Women; Governor Mark Gordon; Rebekah Smith, Director of Wyoming Women’s Foundation; and Tara Muir, Wyoming Council for Women
Monday, June 17, a week after the official day, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon signed the Equal Pay Day proclamation.
Equal Pay Day marks how far into the year a woman must work in order to earn as much as a man earned the previous year. In Wyoming, that day was June 10, according to the Wyoming Council for Women. The day is recognized to raise awareness of the gender pay gap.
“This is the 20th year of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, and the wage gap has existed since before then,” said Rebekah Smith, director of the Foundation, in a June 17 press release. “We have committed to a renewed effort to closing that gap, and we are grateful for your support.”
She went on to say it’s important to dispel the myth that Wyoming’s wage gap exists solely because of the industries that operate here. In 2018, a report by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services found that 13 cents of Wyoming’s wage gap could not be explained by industry or other factors.
Smith cites recent data showing that women in Wyoming earn 70.6 cents for every dollar men earn.
According to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), that figure is 77.4 cents for Wyoming women. Taking a look at neighboring states comparing the wage war between the sexes, women make 78.8 cent in Montana, 76.7 cents in South Dakota, 77 cents in Nebraska and 81.5 cents in Colorado.
The NWLC breaks the information down even further into individual ethnicities.