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Study shows North Dakota's gender pay gap is among the worst in the country – InForum

FARGO – With the rising cost of living and inflation, many people are having to do whatever they can to make ends meet. When you bring the pay gap into play, women may have a harder time balancing their budgets than men.

A recent study by Eldessouky Law – an employment law firm – found that North Dakota ranks eighth in the nation for the pay gap between men and women.

Overall, women in North Dakota earn $48,084 each year, while men earn an average of $62,192, the report said.

Broken down, this means that for every dollar a North Dakota man earns, women earn $0.77, the report says.

“Gender pay gaps perpetuate inequality,” the study says. “Which is extremely disheartening these days.”

In honor of Equal Pay Day on March 12, YWCA CEO Cass Clay wrote a letter to the editor of The Forum highlighting the importance of pay equity.

“Lack of wages and opportunities are a serious reason women are disproportionately affected by poverty,” Erin Prochnow wrote in her letter. “And worse, it's the reason some women endure abusive relationships.”

There are many reasons for this pay gap, she wrote.

“Male-dominated professions often pay better, and women are overrepresented in low-wage jobs—two out of three low-wage workers are women,” Prochnow wrote.

“I hope that everyone reading this recognizes these differences, wants to learn more about pay inequality, and advocates for pay equity,” she wrote.

South Dakota is tied with Texas at No. 16 on the list, with women earning 80 cents for every dollar a man earns, the study said.

Minnesota is tied with Rhode Island for 30th place in the rankings, with women taking home 83 cents for every dollar a man earns, the study said.

According to the Women's Foundation of Minnesota, “Women in Minnesota lose an estimated $483,040 in lifetime earnings over their lifetime due to the gender wage gap.” Black, Indigenous and women of color suffer even greater losses, losing more than a million dollars due to the wage gap. Dollars in a lifetime.”

Utah has the largest wage gap. According to Eldessouky Law's report, women earn $47,907 and men earn $65,512 each year, meaning women earn 73 cents for every dollar a man earns in the state.

Nationally, the average salary for men is over $62,000, while the average salary for women is $50,000.

Vermont, California and New York lead the nation in pay equity, the report said. In Vermont, women earn $0.89 for every dollar a man earns, and in California and New York, women earn $0.88.

“Although these numbers are promising, there is room for improvement in all states,” the study says.

The Equal Pay Act requires companies to pay men and women equally for the same work, the report said.

The study used U.S. Census data to compare annual earnings of men and women across states.

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