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10 stats that show why Oklahoma ranks low for women

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Oklahoma ranks 48th in the nation for women. 

Read it again: Oklahoma is the 4th worst state for women. We're right behind Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Per WalletHub:

To identify the most women-friendly states, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 23 key metrics. The data set ranges from median earnings for female workers to women’s preventive health care to female homicide rate.

Here are 10 stats that show why Oklahoma isn't a great state for women.

#10 - Earnings

Oklahoma is 22nd for median earnings for female workers, when adjusted for the cost of living.

Source: WalletHub
#9 - Unemployment

Oklahoma is 27th for unemployment rate for women.

I argue the #metoo movement has helped women and our culture in general. The movement has made visible the extent to which women are subject to sexual harassment and assault, both verbal and physical. In this way, it has brought to light the range of harassment women experience; in other words, our culture often thinks of rape or physical assault when we speak about this issue, and this movement has made it clear that women experience many forms of sexual belittling and disempowerment daily. Further, #metoo has changed how we understand women who have been victims of harassment and assault. -- Darcie Rives-East, Associate Professor and Chair of the English and Journalism Department at Augustana University

#8 - Poverty

Oklahoma is 37th for the share of women in poverty.

#7 - Women-owned businesses

Oklahoma is 21st for the share of women-owned businesses.

As women weigh in and begin to redefine what is acceptable, many people feel a sense of validation, but others, both men and women, feel uncomfortable, often citing lack of due process, the need to hear the man’s side, etc. The interesting thing is, that due process was, for years, used as a cudgel to silence women and give a free pass to men. Now that women are speaking out and being listened to as never before, there is, I think, a realization about how automatically and systematically women’s complaints were dismissed, or worse, how women were punished for complaining. That oppression of women created a climate where men could dominate the discourse, and a system where male abuse of women did not necessarily impact their overall success. -- Mary Godwyn, Professor of Sociology, Babson College

 

#6 - Graduation rate

Oklahoma is 38th for high school graduation rates for women.

 

#5 - Voters

Oklahoma is 47th for the share of women who voted in the 2016 presidential election.

In 2018, women in some parts of America still get the short end of the stick — even as they outnumber men in most states. For instance, women represent nearly two-thirds of all minimum-wage workers in the U.S. Their political representation also suffers, as women make up 51% of the U.S. population but only 22% of the Senate and 19.3% of the House of Representatives. And the prevalence of sexual harassment has become a prominent issue in 2018’s political landscape, from #MeToo to #TimesUp.

 

#4 - Health insurance

Oklahoma is 46th for the number of uninsured women.

 

#3 - Life expectancy

Oklahoma is 49th for women's life expectancy at birth.

States continue to vary in their level of attention to issues regarding equal pay, reproductive rights, domestic violence, etc. Typically, southern states do not do as well on most measures of women’s equity and well-being as other areas. The states where women fare less well also tend to have lower rates of representation of women in political offices -- this is somewhat of a chicken-and-egg problem though, since as states get more women in office, issues important to women are more likely to be addressed. -- Elizabeth S. Smith, Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Furman University

 

#2 - Quality hospitals

Oklahoma is 27th for the quality of women's hospitals.

If you are a lesbian or transwoman, you should choose a state that has a state-wide LGBT anti-discrimination policy. If you plan to have children, you might want to prioritize a state that has some form of paid family leave. -- Amy Eisen Cislo, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis

 

#1 - Preventative healthcare

Oklahoma is 39th for women's preventative health care.

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