The Idaho Business Review (IBR) reported that Idaho was ranked No. 7 for the worst inequality of pay between men and women according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Because they are paid less, women and women-led families are more likely to be in poverty, particularly as women age. “Lifelong wage disparities substantially weaken women’s retirement security,” Samia Islam told IBR in an email message. “Nationwide, more than 12 percent of women 65 and older, and nearly 15 percent of women 75 and older, lived below the poverty line, which also increases healthcare costs,” she added.