The Equality State Policy Center is starting a campaign aimed at raising Wyoming's minimum wage to $10.10 by 2015. The current state minimum is a mere $5.15, though most employers pay the federally mandated $7.25. Rebekah Smith with the Wyoming Women's Foundation says minimum wage is an issue that affects women the most, especially because Wyoming has the largest gender pay gap in the nation.
Smith says the problem can not be explained away simply by the fact women choose to work in different sectors than men.
A full-time worker being paid the current state minimum wage earns $10,700, which is below the federal poverty level, even for a single person.