FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 28, 2019

Jen Euell, Program Director, Women’s Foundation of Montana

(406) 461-7695, jeneuell@mtcf.org

Dr. Sara Rinfret, Master of Public Administration Program Director, University of Montana School of Law, 406-243-4702, sara.rinfret@umontana.edu 

.

Women’s Foundation Releases New Data and Celebrates the 100-Year Anniversary of the Equal Pay Law in Montana

HELENA, MONT.— The Women’s Foundation of Montana (WFM) will celebrate Equal Pay Day Eve on Monday, April 1.Equal Pay Day, April 2 this year, is the day of the year on which the average woman will have finally earned as much as the average man earned in 2018.

In the U.S., women generally make about 80 percent of what men take home in wages. In Montana the wage gap is even larger, with women working fulltime making about 78 percent of men’s wages. This gap has closed slightly over the past five years.

WFM, a project of the Montana Community Foundation, is committed to closing that gap entirely and moving women toward equity.

The Equal Pay Day Eve Celebration will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Downstairs at the Brewhouse, 939 Getchell Street in Helena. The program will feature Montana Senator Diane Sands speaking to the 100-year history of working toward equal pay in Montana, and Dr. Sara Rinfret, who will share the highlights of WFM’s new Montana Women in the Workforce Report. Rinfret says, “We have conducted important research over the last several years to help our state lawmakers provide solutions for the best workplace environment for all employees.”

The money raised at the event will benefit the WFM’s work to advance economic independence for Montana women and create a brighter future for girls. Funds will go toward teaching women to negotiate for better wages, providing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programming for girls, and supporting women in entrepreneurship, leadership and non-traditional careers. Funds will also work to grow WFM’s online platform, PowerHouse Montana (powerhousemt.org), designed to connect Montana women to the mentors, resources, and opportunities they need to thrive.

About the Women’s Foundation of Montana

Established in 1999, the Women’s Foundation of Montana is a component fund of the Montana Community Foundation working to grow the economic security of women and create a brighter future for girls in Montana. With a permanent endowment of more than $1 million, the foundation has awarded more than $800,000 to organizations improving the lives of women and girls in Montana. Find us at www.wfmontana.org and on Facebook. Learn more about the Montana Community Foundation at www.mtcf.org.