CHEYENNE — National Equal Pay Day was in April.

But in Wyoming, which has the largest gender wage gap in the nation, Equal Pay Day fell later this year — on June 25.

Tuesday marked how far into the new year women must work just to make what men earned in the previous year.

Gov. Matt Mead recognized the day by signing a proclamation Wednesday with representatives of the Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues, the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, the Wyoming Business Council and the Department of Workforce Services looking on.

Carma Corra, the women’s issues council chairwoman, said the gender wage gap is a complicated issue that needs to be kept before the public.

She said companies should be encouraged to allow family-friendly practices, such as flexible hours, that will help to eliminate or reduce the disparity in pay between men and women.

And those companies that offer family-friendly

practices should be recognized, she added.

Corra also said she appreciated the governor partnering with the other groups to address the disparity.

Mead said he didn’t believe the gender wage gap was by design.

“I think we’re all searching for answers,” he said.

It is important, he said, not only because of the costs to families, but in terms of the state’s overall economic outlook.

“You can’t say we’re going to take half our brainpower and our labor off the table,” the governor said. “We want to maximize the potential we have.

“We’ve got a ways to go. Nobody likes the way we are,” he added.

Corra later said in an interview that if she had her way, all companies would offer flexible scheduling for all employees, men and women, who are responsible for raising their children.

“I wouldn’t want either parent to have to choose between having a career and raising their families,” she said.

Corra said while many Wyoming businesses are small, she would like to require all of them to have child care and to permit parents to have laptops and work at home in an emergency.

Finally, she would encourage the Legislature to pay for child care during legislative sessions, “because then I think we would have more women legislators,” she said.

The women’s council has recognized small companies and their managers with its Summit Award.

Olin O. Oedekoven, retired general and president of Peregrine Leadership Institute of Gillette, won the honor in 2012

Corra said Oedekoven flies employees to meet their military spouses. He also allows employees to have laptops and to work at home or to bring their children with them to work.

The council also has recognized CLIMB Wyoming for how the organization treats its employees. The organization trains single mothers for self-sustaining employment.

“We recognize that men tend to work more overtime and that women are apt to work part-time,” Corra said. “We recognize that and understand that, but I think that if these businesses would implement these policies, it would help.”

The proclamation signed by Mead read: “Fair pay for everyone enhances the economy, improves financial security and lessens pressures on the cost of retirement.”

Contact capital bureau reporter Joan Barron at 307-632-1244 or joan.barron@trib.com

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MaleMatters
MaleMatters

Re: "We recognize that men tend to work more overtime and that women are apt to work part-time,” Corra said. “We recognize that and understand that, but I think that if these businesses would implement these policies, it would help."

The underlying fuel for the gender wage gap is men's willingness as husbands to support their wives, to give them three options where possible that women are far less willing to give men: 1) work full-time, 2) work part-time, or 3) stay at home full-time.

By contrast, husbands have three different options: 1) work full-time, 2) work full-time, 3) work full-time with over-time. Company polices have no effect on couples who use these options.

See "Will the Ledbetter Act Help Women?" at www.malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2011/12/03/will-the-ledbetter-fair-pay-act-help-women/

Excerpt:

Pass a law that prohibits men from supporting women. Think about it. If men were prohibited from supporting women, every unemployed wife in the country would be forced to get a job. And millions of employed women would be forced to obtain a better one, raising women’s average pay immediately and dramatically. “Without husbands,” says Farrell, “women have to focus on earning more. They work longer hours, they’re willing to relocate and they’re more likely to choose higher-paying fields like technology.”

And how would this prohibition effect men? Millions would no longer feel the need for a high-paying job to attract women and gain and hold a woman’s love. A good number of the men already holding a high-paying and likely stressful job would gleefully walk away, sending employers into a frenzy recruiting women.

Men wouldn’t have to earn as much, and women would have to earn more. Presto — the sexes’ wage gap would snap shut with a thunderous clap. An ideological feminist fantasy come true!

MaleMatters
MaleMatters

Re: "We recognize that men tend to work more overtime and that women are apt to work part-time,” Corra said. “We recognize that and understand that, but I think that if these businesses would implement these policies, it would help."

The underlying fuel for the gender wage gap is men's willingness as husbands to support their wives, to give them three options where possible that women are far less willing to give men: 1) work full-time, 2) work part-time, or 3) stay at home full-time.

By contrast, husbands have three different options: 1) work full-time, 2) work full-time, 3) work full-time with over-time. Company polices have no effect on couples who use these options.

See "Will the Ledbetter Act Help Women?" at malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2011/12/03/will-the-ledbetter-fair-pay-act-help-women/

Excerpt:

Pass a law that prohibits men from supporting women. Think about it. If men were prohibited from supporting women, every unemployed wife in the country would be forced to get a job. And millions of employed women would be forced to obtain a better one, raising women’s average pay immediately and dramatically. “Without husbands,” says Farrell, “women have to focus on earning more. They work longer hours, they’re willing to relocate and they’re more likely to choose higher-paying fields like technology.”

And how would this prohibition effect men? Millions would no longer feel the need for a high-paying job to attract women and gain and hold a woman’s love. A good number of the men already holding a high-paying and likely stressful job would gleefully walk away, sending employers into a frenzy recruiting women.

Men wouldn’t have to earn as much, and women would have to earn more. Presto — the sexes’ wage gap would snap shut with a thunderous clap. An ideological feminist fantasy come true!

MaleMatters
MaleMatters

Re: "We recognize that men tend to work more overtime and that women are apt to work part-time,” Corra said. “We recognize that and understand that, but I think that if these businesses would implement these policies, it would help."

The underlying fuel for the gender wage gap is men's willingness as husbands to support their wives, to give them three options where possible that women are far less willing to give men: 1) work full-time, 2) work part-time, or 3) stay at home full-time.

By contrast, husbands have three different options: 1) work full-time, 2) work full-time, 3) work full-time with over-time. Company polices have no effect on couples who use these options.

See "Will the Ledbetter Act Help Women?" at malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2011/12/03/will-the-ledbetter-fair-pay-act-help-women/

side oiler
side oiler

Men make more in Wyoming because the type of work men do most women can't,or won't,do.But think about it,low paid women sure keep the WIC program in business,

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