There are far more men than women in top management jobs in Iowa according to a new report.
The Center for American Progress Action Fund, a liberal advocacy group, released a “State of Women” report on Wednesday. It found men hold two-thirds of managerial jobs in Iowa as top administrators in the public and private sectors.
The group also reports a salary gap persists for women. Women in Iowa make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes in the same job. The group gives Iowa a C+ grade overall and a D+ in terms of the economic security of Iowa women.
A spokesman for Progress Iowa blames Governor Branstad’s “failed leadership” for slowing womens’ economic progress in Iowa to a “snail’s pace.” A spokesman for the governor points to Iowa’s unemployment rate, which is eighth-lowest in the country, and he says Iowans “won’t be fooled” by the “left wing” group’s attack.
According to the latest population statistics, 51 percent of the people who live in Iowa are female. About 14 percent of women in Iowa live at or below the poverty line. For a single woman under the age of 65, that would be an income of less than $12,000 a year.