Wyoming Women are Wyoming’s Leaders

For too long, issues that disproportionately affect the women of Wyoming have gone ignored and unaddressed. These issues include but are not limited to: the gender wage gap, lenient domestic violence and sexual assault laws, a lack of female representation in state politics, and a lack of early childhood care and education.

Women Lead Wyoming, a group by women for women, aims to fix this. Our goal is to bring attention to and champion women’s issues in the Equality State. We hope you’ll join us as we work for a Wyoming in which women’s issues are acknowledged, understood, and addressed.

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Wyoming is Stronger When Women Are Paid Equally

Wyoming women who are employed full time lose a combined total of approximately $1,364,117,253 every year due to the wage gap. Of the 20,239 family households in Wyoming that are headed by women, about 33% of those families have incomes that fall below the poverty level. 49% of US voters believe the gender wage gap affects the economy gap has a major impact on the U.S. economy as a whole, and Wyoming in particular needs to change how we are supporting our women.

Wage Inequality Exists In All Industries

Percent of Wyoming Women Working Low Wage Jobs

33%

It’s Time for Wyoming to Address Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

It took Wyoming until 2015 to establish a Sexual Assault Protection bill that would protect victims from their attackers. To this day, Wyoming does not have employment laws for victims of domestic violence, and there are no laws that require the surrender of firearms by persons convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes, domestic violence restraining orders, or of specified domestic violence incidents.

Wyoming has to do better.

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Wyomingites were victims of adult sexual assault
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Wyomingites required a shelter/safehouse
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Wyomingites were victims of child sexual abuse
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Women Deserve Access to Health Care

Wyoming is 48th when it comes to access to health care. Expansion of health coverage in Wyoming would lead to a decrease in asthma, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, sexually transmitted infections, physical/mental/emotional problems, life expectancy and mortality rates, to name a few.

All women in Wyoming, regardless of income, deserve to have access to the full range of reproductive health care and family planning services, as well as preventive care.

The percentage of Wyoming women who…

Do not have a personal health care provider: 23%
Report poor mental health status: 37%
Did not see a doctor in the past year: 20%

The Cost Of Wyoming’s Failure on Child Care Policy

A child that enters kindergarten behind academically and/or socially often remains behind throughout school and into adulthood, resulting in costs for society. Costs include higher rates of repeating grades, increased special education needs, dropping out of high school, committing crimes, lower wages and higher consumption of public services. A lack of early childhood education programs also puts a strain on working mothers, and worsens the gender pay gap by making harder for said mothers to go to work knowing their child is receiving the care and education they need to succeed.

Email Us: info@womenleadwyoming.org