Americans have long held certain core values; high on the list are opportunity for all and equality of all. Gender wage inequality runs counter to both of these values. The reality is that the American Dream –if you are determined and work hard you will get ahead – is increasingly unattainable by many struggling families. Addressing gender wage inequality is an important step to ensuring more women and families can support their children and help them thrive. What is lost because of the current wage gap in Montana? It is estimated that the combined total loss due to gender pay inequality is more than $1.4 billion. In other words, because of the $12,680 gap between the average pay for men and women working full-time, year-round, dollars are not going into raising families, supporting local businesses and fueling the economy in general.