By Ellen Fake

A nonpartisan research organization recently gave Wyoming a grade of “F” when it came to employment opportunities and earning potential for women in the state.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research published a report on Tuesday covering employment and earning data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic.

The states were graded on four criteria: women’s earnings, the gender wage gap (the pay difference between men and women in the same position), women’s labor force participation and women’s representation in managerial and professional occupations. States received a letter grade ranging from “A” To “F” depending on their ranking for each criteria.

Wyoming saw a significant drop in its overall ranking between 2018 and 2019, going from a C-plus to an F, coming in 48th overall in the nation.

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