0 Comments · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
In comparison to men, Ohio women have
lower incomes, hold fewer leadership roles and disproportionately suffer
from the state’s high infant mortality rate.
by German Lopez
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Report finds state lacks leadership opportunities for women
In comparison to men, Ohio women have lower incomes, hold fewer
leadership roles and disproportionately suffer from the state’s high
infant mortality rate. The issues placed Ohio at No. 30 out of 50 states
for women’s issues in a Sept. 25 report from the Center for American
Progress (CAP) titled, “The State of Women in America.”
Out of three major categories, Ohio performed worst on leadership roles available to
women, ranking No. 37 in the category with a “D”
grade. CAP found only 16.7 percent of Ohio’s state-elected executive
offices and 37.2 percent of managerial positions are held by women, even
though women make up 52 percent of the state’s population.
The state performed slightly better in health outcomes for
women and obtained a “C-” in the category. The report particularly
criticized Ohio for its infant mortality rate of 7.7 deaths for every
1,000 infants — the fourth highest in the nation — and regulations and defunding measures in the recently passed state budget that make reproductive health services less accessible to women.
On economic issues, Ohio was relatively on par with the
U.S. median and ranked No. 27 with a “C” grade. For every $1 a man
makes, an Ohio woman makes 77 cents, which matches the national average.
But the results are even worse for minorities: Black women make 66 cents
for each dollar a man makes and Hispanic women make 64 cents.
Still, with 17.7 percent of Ohio women living in poverty,
the state has the No. 19 highest poverty rate for women in the country.
The statistics were again worse for minorities: About 36.4 percent of
black women and 32.6 percent of Hispanic women in Ohio live in poverty.
The CAP report analyzed 36 indicators for women in the
categories of economic security, leadership and health. It then graded
the states and ranked them based on the grades.
Vermont topped the rankings with an “A,” and Oklahoma was at the very bottom with an “F.”
CAP, which is an admittedly left-leaning organization, is
touting the report to support progressive policies that could help lift
women out of such disparities, including the federally funded Medicaid
expansion and an increase to minimum wages.
“While women have come a long way over the past few
decades, much remains to be done to ensure that all women can have a
fair shot at success,” said Anna Chu, one of the report’s authors,
in a statement. “Today’s report shows that in many states, it is still
difficult for women and their families to get ahead, instead of just
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 14, 2013
While approval for the disparity study was unanimous in Council, it wasn’t
long before a string of critics broke out the social media and sarcasm
to deride the city for doing the right thing.
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Finding yourself subject to foreign ogles
comes with the territory when you’re a female urban-dweller, I’ve
accepted. It’s part of the rhythm of every day, and it’s often more an
annoyance than an actual physical threat. But it’s a meaningful
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Xavier University has reversed its controversial decision
to not pay for employees’ birth control as part of healthcare plans
after realizing that since announcing the end of the coverage July 1,
the school has actually continued to cover birth control costs. CINCINNATI +2
2 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A woman must be tempting, society tells us, but not too
tempting. The balance is a fine one; crossing that “threshold” —
whatever it is — has led to slut-shaming and women-bashing rape apologia
in a way that renders trying to understand that balance completely