A 45-minute symposium Saturday in Steamboat Springs will update residents on where Colorado's women stand in comparison to the nation in several different areas.
Marla Williams, president of the Women's Foundation of Colorado, will present data from "The Status Project: Women and Girls in Colorado," at a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center, in partnership with the Yampa Valley Business and Professional Women's Club of Routt County.
"There's plenty of good news, particularly in areas of opportunity," said Susan Larson of the women's foundation. "I think there are areas where women have made tremendous progress."
The project is based on three other reports released by the foundation last year. The foundation's Web site also featured a study by the Institute for Women's Policy Research that ranked and graded Colorado's women in five categories. Colorado was among the top economically, but ranked from 16 to 25 in terms of political participation, health and well-being, and reproduction and family planning.
"The concern is that there's still quite a disparity in terms of a woman's ability to be self-sufficient," Larson said. She said, while the wage gap has narrowed, women are still short 20 cents on every dollar made by their male counterparts.
The data will be applied locally during the summer, with hopes that research will provide data relevant to the Yampa Valley. Along with the reception, there will be an informational display first at the Steamboat Grand, then at Centennial Hall. (Jon Libid is a reporter for the Steamboat Springs Pilot/Today.)