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Study Shows Lack of Progress for Iowa Women in the Workplace
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--Brewing a fresh batch of coffee, Brooke Fitzgerald thinks back to two years ago when she first opened her caf "The Early Bird."
The first six to eight months was a lot of proving to people that this is really what I'm doing," Fitzgerald said.
She says her biggest challenge wasn't running her business but proving that she owned it.
"My brother manages with me so a lot of times people think that he owns the business, she said. They always automatically assume that the male role owns the business."
Its a stereotype based on gender which is the focus of a new study by The Center for American Progress which shows that two-thirds of managerial jobs in Iowa are held by men.
The state comes in 49th in the country as far as women-owned businesses.
"We have grown, said Dawn Oliver Wiand, executive director of Iowa Womens Foundation. But, we are not where we need to be."
According to the State of Women report, women in Iowa make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes in the same job.
A salary gap women's groups say is unacceptable.
"We need to educate and inform ourselves, then we need to see how we can work together to alleviate some of these issues," Wiand said.
Issues Brooke hopes she can change and inspire others to do as well.
"A woman can do it, Fitzgerald said. Maybe, I can do it too.