Women in Sheridan County make 61 cents to every dollar earned by men, which is slightly below the Wyoming statewide average of 64 cents.
The state of Wyoming has the largest gender wage gap in the country. Nationally, women are averaging 77 cents to a man's dollar. Statistics from a recent study released by the National Women's Law Center mirror trends released by the Wyoming Women's Foundation last year. Richelle Keinath, executive director of the foundation, said some of the disparity in wages has to do with Wyoming's fossil fuel
It's true that women are not rushing out in droves to work in an oil field or coal mine, but that alone doesn't explain the gaping difference between men and women's pay.
Aside from differing valuation of work traditionally considered to be gender-specific, Keinath also pointed out women are more likely to need higher levels of education to earn more pay. She said working toward pay equality is a multi-level, complicated process.
To view full statistics released by the Wyoming Women's Foundation, visit http://www.wywf.org/newsCounty.html.