Idaho Women are Getting Paid Less Than Men – Much Less
Yes, women in The Gem State get paid less on average than men do.
Yes, it's worse than you think.
Three years ago, working women in Idaho were making around 85% of what men make on average. That number is disturbing enough. Even worse, since then that number has plummeted to 76.5%. So, for every dollar a man makes working in Idaho, a woman will make about $0.76 cents.
Before we raise our pitchforks, there may be a tiny bit of logic behind this. Experts say that on average, women are employed in lower paying industries than men, such as retail. Women make up over 60% of the retail in Idaho. Education is another lower-paying job, with females making up 69% of that workforce.
While there's no denying that there is a definitive wage gap in The Gem State, the numbers are slightly less disturbing when you take the career paths into consideration. That being said, it's obviously not alright that a women should make any less for a job well done than a man does. More needs to be done.