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Women's Foundation Releases New Report

The Women’s Foundation just launched a "Status of Women in Missouri" report along with an interactive research hub.

In a press release some statewide and regional findings were given:

ECONOMIC AND INCOME

  • In Missouri, women who work full-time earn 29 percent less than male workers for the same work.  
  • In Carroll County, women make only 51 percent of what men make. 

EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE

  • In Missouri, 27 percent of counties lack any accredited child care centers. 
  • In the Bootheel area, 21.7 percent of women 25 years and older do not have a high school degree, compared to a statewide average of 11.7 percent and a national average of 13%. 

HEALTH CARE

  • At least 650,000 Missourians are without health insurance. 
  • Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting women, and Missouri had an annual incidence rate of 122.6 per every 100,000 women in the state, which is similar to the national rate of 122.7 per every 100,000 women nationwide.

ECONOMIC SECURITY AND AGING

  • In Missouri, two-thirds of seniors living in poverty are women. 
  • High poverty rates are mainly concentrated in the larger urban areas of Missouri such as in St. Louis City where the poverty rate is 29 percent, but these high poverty rates also affect rural counties such as Benton, Dallas, Hickory, Laclede, and Polk which have a poverty rate of more than 23 percent. 

LEADERSHIP

  • Although women comprise 51 percent of the state’s population, only 25 percent of seats in the General Assembly are held by women.
  • No executive branch officeholders are women.

Wendy Doyle, President & CEO of the Women’s Foundation said, “Although there is some good news for Missouri women, the data shows there is much work to be done to improve the lives of Missouri women and their families. The Women’s Foundation is committed to working for meaningful change, and we hope this research tool helps policy makers make informed decisions about important issues facing Missouri women and their families.”

Instead of attacking women’s health care decisions, maybe it’s time legislators work on actually improving the lives of Missouri women.