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Oregon Ranks Near the Bottom for Women’s Equality Issues

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

 

Despite having a reputation as a bastion of liberal thinking and a woman governor, Oregon ranked near the bottom of a recent study of gender equality in the U.S.

Oregon ranked 42nd of 50 states in the study, which measured gender-based disparities in each state in three main areas; workplace environment, education, and political empowerment.

Education Lags

WalletHub, a financial trade website, used a total of 11 metrics spread over those three areas in the study. To measure education equality, researchers examined the percentage of residents older than 25 with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher and the results of math testing scores. Oregon finished just second from the bottom in education, ahead of only Idaho and Utah.  

The state finished with the 22nd lowest gap in the study’s political empowerment rank. Empowerment was measured using the percentage of female lawmakers from each state serving in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the State Legislature.

To measure workplace environment, they examined differences in pay, numbers of executives, average work hours, number of minimum-wage workers, unemployment rate and entrepreneurship. Oregon fared best in this category, finishing with the 13th smallest pay gap.

Conducting the study

To conduct the study, researches compared the differences between men and women in each of the 11 metrics. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Women's Law Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center for Education Statistics and the Center for American Women and Politics was used to compile statistics.

 

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