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The Economic Status of Women in Colorado 2018

Signs of Progress, But Substantial Pay Disparities Remain for Women of Color

In March 2018, WFCO sponsored the release of “The Economic Status of Women in Colorado” fact sheet, researched and written by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). The report shows some signs of economic progress for women in Colorado, but unfortunately, substantial disparities remained or even worsened since IWPR’s research in 2015.

Highlights from the report

The difference between women's and men's median annual earnings, $7,000, would pay for 1.9 years of community college tuition in Colorado.The gap in women’s earnings compared to men’s earnings (full-time, year-round workers 16 and older) has narrowed to 86 cents on the dollar from 80 cents on the dollar since 2015. However, the gap narrowed because women overall experienced a small earnings increase, while men’s earnings declined (reasons not explored in this research, but factors related to men’s earnings decline likely include oil and gas downturn, wage stagnation, increasing income and wealth disparities, etc.)

  • White women’s earnings compared to white men’s earnings improved from 77.1% to 78% between the 2015 and 2018 reports, but the earnings gap has worsened since 2015 for Hispanic (53.8% to 53.5%), black (65.5% to 63.1%), and multiracial women (68.1% to 63.7%) in comparison to white men’s earnings.
  • Since the 2015 report, the proportion of Colorado women living in poverty increased to 14.3% from 13.0%.
  • The poverty rates increased slightly for white, Asian, and multiracial women between the 2015 and 2018 reports, and nearly doubled for Native American (11.4% to 21.1%). Poverty rates decreased slightly for Hispanic and black women, although 20.9% percent of Hispanic and 19.2% of black women still live in poverty.

Read the report

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