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Montana Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force Kicks Off In Bozeman

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Montana full-time working women earn a quarter less than men, ranking Montana 43rd when it comes to pay equality.

The Montana Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force met today for the first time at Montana State University in Bozeman.

The Montana Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force is looking for ways to close the salary gap between men and women in the treasure state.

Montana currently ranks 43rd in the nation when it comes to the gender gap among full-time employees.

Governor Steve Bullock says nationally, the numbers haven't improved much either.

"Nationally we've only closed that wage gap by 18 cents in 50 years," said Bullock.

The task force divided into subgroups to do a self-audit for public and private employees, promote education and training opportunities for women and gather public input.

Bullock says he's on board because he wants to make sure his daughters will be valued as hard-working female employees when they enter the workforce.

"I don't want them to have any doubt their work is valued, their work is respected and we as a society, as a state value the work that they do," said Bullock.

The 12 member task force plans to meet quarterly across the state.

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