“Earlier this week on the The Daily Show , Jon Stewart cited a new study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) that predicts women won’t reach pay parity with men until 2058. As guest commentator Kristen Schaal joked, that’s after the expected introduction of the flying car in 2017, predictions that people will be rocketing to Mars by 2030 and the projection that 3D printers will be able to produce a human heart by 2025.
The study, which looks at the gender wage gap in each of the 50 states, shows an even longer wait for pay parity in Wyoming, where it predicts that women’s earnings won’t equal men’s for an astounding 144 years. Louisiana ranks second, with the gender pay gap ending only in 2106, followed by North Dakota in 2104.
To arrive at these numbers researchers at the IWPR, a Washington, DC think tank, used census data and past rates of women’s wage increases to predict the future. They found that rates of progress varied dramatically by state, race and education level.”