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The Status of Women in the U.S. - Oklahoma's Report - 2015 Highlights
Women in Oklahoma have made considerable advances in recent years but still face inequities that often prevent them from reaching their full potential. Since the 2004 Status of Women in the States report was published, the gender wage gap in Oklahoma has narrowed, a higher percentage of women have bachelors degrees, and women are more likely to work in managerial or professional occupations. Yet, as in all other states, women in Oklahoma are less likely than men to be in the labor force and more likely to live in poverty. Women also continue to be underrepresented in the state legislature. The following table is a Summary Report Card for 2015.
Category National Rank Grade
Employment and Earnings 38th D+
Political Participation 35th D
Poverty and Opportunity 46th D-
Reproductive Rights 39th D+
Health and Well-being 46th D-
Work and Family 12th C+
Oklahoma's best grade is the area of work and family, for which it receives a C+. Its worst grades are in poverty and opportunity and health and well-being, for which it gets a D-.
Percentage of women in the workforce is 57.6% and is ranked 42
Oklahoma women who work full-time, year-round earn 80 cents on the dollar compared with similarly employed men.
Approximately 25.1 percent of those working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in Oklahoma are women, compared with 28.8 percent nationwide.
Approximately 25.3% of Oklahoma businesses are owned by women. The percentage of women voter in 2015 was 63.7% and the percentage who voted in a recent election was 47.2%.
As of 2015, there are no women of color in statewide elective executive office in Oklahoma, and no women of color from the state in the U.S. Congress. Women in Oklahoma who are unionized earn $106 more per week, on average, than those who are not represented by a union.
Approximately 24.0 percent of women in Oklahoma have a bachelors degree or higher, an increase of about 5 percentage points since 2000.
Heart disease is the biggest killer of women in the United States. Oklahoma ranks 49 of 51 with a mortality rate of 182.7 per 100,000.
23 Percent of Women Above Poverty, 2011- 2013: 86.1% (White); 73.8% (Hispanic); 70% (Black); 85.9% (Asian); 78.2% (American Indian) and 78%(two or more races)
SOURCE: Institute for Women\rquote s Policy Research, 2015.