Florida may be the first state to close the gender wage gap. Women in Wyoming, however, may have to wait until year 2153 until they make as much as their male counterparts.
That’s according to projections released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research on Wednesday.
Julie Anderson, a senior research associate with IWPR, used Census data to measure how wages for full-time, year-round working men and women have changed in each state since 1959. Then she used these historical trends to predict how much longer it will take to close the pay gap between the sexes. The answer, to say the least, is depressing.
To be sure, the past isn’t always a good predictor of the future, but the projections do give a sense of just how sluggish progress has been so far.