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The Gender Pay Gap In Idaho’s State Workforce: Why Do Women Earn Less?

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We shared this graph with Katherine Gallagher Robbins of the National Women’s Law Center. She says the smaller wage gap that we see in the early years is characteristic of such analyses.  In these years, she points out, key changes are still ahead.

“Many of these people will go on to be parents,” she says. “The responsibilities for children will disproportionately fall on women, and impact their careers.”  Moreover, she points out, most workers are in entry-level positions in those early years of work.  “You haven’t seen over-time buildup of getting passed over for promotions, or not getting the opportunity to move forward,” she says.