In Utah, a push for more women to graduate college


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Utah education officials are calling for more women to graduate from college. They say that would close a gender gap that puts the state behind most others.

The Deseret News reports that education officials say college degrees mean better jobs, better family life and higher pay.

The push comes from the Utah Women and Education Initiative. That group says Utah has the third-largest wage gap in the nation. It released a January report finding Utah women receive 69 cents for every dollar paid to men.

More Utah women are earning college degrees in recent years, but not enough to close the gap.

The report says younger women buck the state trend, obtaining degrees at an equal or higher rate as their male classmates.

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