Report ranks women's earnings in Montana as 47th in nation
A new report ranks women's earnings in Montana as 47th in the nation. The good news is we used to be 50th.
The report lists dozens of statistics on women in Big Sky Country.
The city of Missoula invited county government and other community leaders to discuss the Women's Foundation of Montana's report.
It's called the Status of Women in Montana.
First, to be fair, most Montana men aren't getting rich.
"While everybody struggles," said the foundation's program director, "women struggle a little bit more."
Government leaders learned women comprise 47% of a Montana's total labor force.
The study found Montana women have higher education levels than average and are more likely than men to obtain advanced degrees. It said a woman working full time makes 74% of a man's salary.
"They make an average $10,000 less per year than a Montana man," said Jen Euell, the program director of Women's Foundation of Montana.
Euell suggests Montana employers do pay studies, and provide additional training so women can move into better paying jobs.
She said Montana needs women leaders.
Danielle Jenkins is a leader. Jenkins, with her husband, owns a garden supply store in Missoula.
The college educated social worker changed careers 3 years ago. Now, she's her own boss.
"I have to answer to myself and if I don't achieve it then it's on me," said Jenkins.
"It's working. It is," said the business woman. "It's working."
Danielle is a Montana farm girl who learned in high school that hard working girls don't always get the credit boys might get. But she said for a young woman it's sometimes a challenge.
She said it's hard sometimes to convince an older population or a male population that she in fact does know what she's talking about.
Jen Euell is a 5th generation Montana farm girl herself. She said Montana women have always worked hard. But she said no matter how hard many of them work they still can't get ahead.
For more information visit www.wfmontana.org.