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Ok, this one isn’t funny

Gazette staff October 9th, 2013

Again, our state ranks near last in a report. Surprised? No. Angry? Only at ourselves. The Center for American Progress rated states based on 36 different factors that included economics, leadership and health in its report The State of Women in America. Oklahoma was No. 48th and received a grade of “F,” above Louisiana and Utah.

The state ranked 18th in economic security, with a grade of “B-.” Among the scores, Oklahoma women overall make 76 cents, African-American women make 64 cents and Hispanic women make 46 cents for each dollar white men in Oklahoma make.

We ranked 41st in leadership.

Only 36.4 percent of statewide elected executive seats and 13.4 percent of state legislature seats are held by women. And only 1.2 percent of those seats are held by minority women.

“People look at our state and say, we have a woman governor, women must be doing great here. In fact, we have fewer women in the legislature than we have in past years,” Lou Kohlman, chairperson of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, told Fox25 KOKH-TV.

We also have one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country and have the second-highest ratio of women to OB/GYNs (18,713 to 1), after only Pennsylvania.

All we can say is we’re disappointed, and a lot of us are definitely in trouble.

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10.14.2013 at 03:25 Reply

What does one expect when having the Caligula Capitol Complex and Mansion on 23rd & Lincoln.

As long as we are led red and continually hiding under the ruse of individuals representing the people and morality experts full of untruths, we will keep these numbers.

One day rural small minded folks will get it.