FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 5, 2018

CONTACT:

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

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

 

Women’s Foundation Releases New Data and Hosts Cheers for Change Events to Close the Gender Pay Gap on Equal Pay Day

HELENA, MONT.— Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, April 10, the day on which the average woman will have finally earned as much as the average man earned in 2017. On Equal Pay Day this year, distilleries and breweries across Montana will be donating a portion of their sales to the Women’s Foundation of Montana (WFM) to work toward pay equity.

In the U.S., women generally make about 80 percent of what men take home in wages. In Montana, according to new data just released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the wage gap is even larger and continues to widen, with women making about 70 cents to a man’s dollar. Despite the increase in the number of female business owners, Montana women with bachelor’s degrees and above, and women employed in managerial positions, Montana women fell even further behind their male colleagues in their overall income.

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

Cheers for Change events will be hosted from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 10 at the following locations:

Bozeman

MAP Brewing

Bridger Brewing Company

Butte

Headframe Spirits

Missoula

Imagination Brewing

Kalispell

Vilya Spirits

Livingston

Katabatic Brewing

Billings

Thirsty Brewing Company

The money raised will benefit 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 $750,000 to organizations improving the lives of women and girls in Montana. Find us at wfmontana.org and on Facebook. Learn more about the Montana Community Foundation at mtcf.org.

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