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Equal Pay for Louisiana Women Won't Happen Until 2115

Louisiana residents will not see the gender wage gap close until 2115, according to a report released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Louisiana joins Wyoming, Utah, and North Dakota as the only four states still with a gender gap into the 22nd century. 


The Institute made its projections by examining the ratio of change between women’s and men’s earnings from 1959 to 2015. The study averaged its state-by-state findings to predict that statistically the United States will close the gender wage gap in 2059 — but Louisiana residents will have to wait another half-century to see changes at home. 


Louisiana ranked second-to-last in the report's findings, beating out Wyoming which is not expected to close the gap until 2153. As the report noted, a female born in the United States in 2017 has a life expectancy of 87 years. For a woman born in Louisiana this year, when she turns 87, a wage gap will remain for another 11 years. 

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