Increasing Women's Earnings and Financial Success

A fundamental issue for many women in Iowa is financial survival. The ICSW envisions women not just surviving, but thriving - by having access to the best economic opportunities and most accurate information about working and money, empowering them to make intentional decisions about their own future.

Women are more educated, work more, and are living longer than ever before. Currently, on average women in Iowa earn $0.78 for each $1.00 earned by men in the same job. Across industry categories, on average, women earn 62% of what men in that category earn. Efforts on pay equity, increasing women's participation in high-growth fields, and knowledge about personal finance and planning are crucial elements in the Commission's vision for women's economic success.