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‘What a way to make a living:’ Study ranks best, worst states to be a working woman

Courtesy: Institute for Women's Policy Research

Courtesy: Institute for Women's Policy Research

OKLAHOMA CITY – As workers across the country fight for minimum wage increases, experts say women in Oklahoma may have a harder time getting on the same pay scale as men.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research analyzed Census data and came up with a way to see exactly how women are treated in the workplace in each state.

Researchers looked at median annual earnings for full-time working women, the earnings ratio between men and women, the share of women in the workforce and the share of women in managerial or professional jobs.

Click here to read the full results of the study.

Massachusetts had the highest score among all the United States and all but four of the 10 highest scoring states were in the Northeast.

West Virginia ranked last and was one of just two states to earn an ‘F’ ranking.

Oklahoma did not do that much better, earning a ‘D’ and ranking 45th in the nation for median annual earnings for women.

The institute’s findings are very similar to another study’s results.

WalletHub created an analysis of ‘2014’s Best and Worst States for Women’s Equality.’

WalletHub found that Oklahoma ranks 45th in the nation for women’s equality.

Indiana, Texas, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming ranked below the Sooner State in that study.

The company looked at 10 different metrics, including the gap in the number of female and male executives and imbalance of political representation.

It found that in every state, women earn less than men in the same position.

Arizona had the lowest pay gap with women earning 13.2 percent less then their male counterparts.


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