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Montana Women's Foundation aims to close wage gap, offers up $75K in grants

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The wage gap in Montana is about 74 cents a woman earns to a man's dollar, lower than the national average at 79 cents.

Social scientists believe the gap will reach equality in 2080.

One Montana group hopes to make that much sooner.

The Women's Foundation of Montana strategically focuses on ways to invest in other organizations as well as itself in making an impact on diminishing the gap.

On Tuesday, the Foundation announced $75,000 in grants to 10 organizations throughout the state including fostering science technology, engineer, and math education and boosting rural communities.

"One of the primary obstacles that women face is that they're not able to find the kind of mentors and networking and relationships and resources that they need because it's so rural," said Jen Euell, Women's Foundation of Montana Program Director. "So we created a place online that's called Powerhouse Montana that's meant to be a place where women can go to find those things. It's meant to be an economic development hub for Montana women."

This is the largest amount of grants given by the organization over 16 years.

If you would like to get involved with the Women's Foundation of Montana and learn more, you can visit the website here.

Get connected to Powerhouse Montana here.

  • Hopa Mountain, Bozeman, Statewide Grant Challenge - $7,500
  • Montana Women Vote/Montana Budget and Policy Center, Missoula/Helena, Statewide - $12,000
  • Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming, Billings, Statewide Grant Challenge - $5,000
  • Girls Using Their Strengths (GUTS!), YWCA Missoula - $5,000
  • AAUW Start Smart Trainings, Statewide - $4,000
  • Montana Girls STEM Collaborative, Bozeman, Statewide - $5,000
  • Montana GEMS, Butte - $4,000
  • Montana Code School, Missoula/Bozeman - $4,000
  • Montana NEW Leadership, Mansfield Center, University of Montana, Missoula -  $7,500
  • Montana Women’s Business Center, Bozeman/Hamilton -  $5,000
  • YWCA Helena - $5,000
  • Montana State University Northern, Non-Traditional Careers Project, Havre - $5,000
  • Aluutaalaahu Many Arrows Community Development Corporation, Pryor - $7,500
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