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Chicken-Fried News: We’re No. 6!


(Madeline Hancock)
  • Madeline Hancock

Women in Oklahoma lack voices in political venues and boardrooms, shows a recent study by financial advice website WalletHub.

Oklahoma ranks sixth worst in the nation for women’s rights and equality.

Yes, we can still vote. Yay, 19th amendment.

However, when it comes to leadership roles and pay equity, our state lags at the 45th slot for overall equality, 32nd lowest for workplace environment, No. 28 for overall women’s health and education and almost dead last (48th) for “political empowerment.”

Nationally, about two-thirds of minimum-wage workers are women. That’s $14,500 a year for a full-time federal worker at $7.25 an hour, which puts a three-person family at “thousands of dollars below the federal poverty line,” wrote the National Women’s Law Center. Nationally, on average, women also earn about 77 cents for every dollar a man earns, even though women make up more than half of all “professional-level” jobs. However, they only comprise less than 15 percent of executive officers, 8 percent of top earners and less than 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs.

The executive pay gap between the sexes in Oklahoma is also dismal, with the state at No. 46.

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