The 5 worst states for women

When it comes to economic security, family health and leadership roles for women, these states rank the worst in the country.

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Oct 17, 2013 2:21PM
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Not surprised. I unfortunately live in Mississippi and see this all too often. In my experience, the more religious, the more oppressed.
Oct 17, 2013 4:25PM
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Hey  this is probably irrelevant, but here's a word from someone who could be called Christian, white, bearing of man-parts, and also somewhat conservative, republican even... I think everyone should be paid the same for the job they do, I don't care what someone does in their private lives so long as the word private is maintained, regardless of what it is, Most wars are pointless, stupid and motivated by a flawed policy on the subject, I also don't trust government programs and throwing money at a problem won't solve it unless the people on the receiving end are capable of making a proper return on it. Unfortunately, what's right and what I think about what's right is irrelevant in light of the fact that I have zero real political power and our votes counts for nothing. So can we please stop being so damn polarized on politics and baselessly hating each other for what faceless, nameless congress men do against our wishes? We're in this together and we should be trying the whole unity and working together thing. Leave the childish infighting and political back stabbing to the politicians, who all got to the same job by the same methods and do the same things. 
Oct 17, 2013 10:42AM
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No comments from the conservatives in these states?  The situation in Utah has to do with the influence of the Mormon church in Utah.   No secret there.   The other states are simply ultra conservative and backward.  
Oct 17, 2013 1:42PM
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Red states dominate the list. No surprise there.
Oct 17, 2013 1:50PM
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Skilled women leave these states for better opportunities in states that see the potential in all people not just men.  As in most of these states all they see women as is child bearers still, nothing more.
Oct 17, 2013 1:53PM
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I'd like to know the statistics about the level of education of the women and the % that reproduce before they are old enough to vote or drink?  Also, what types of jobs were used in the wage comparisons, and what type of industries are available. There are a lot more variables that should also be considered.  Don't know enough about the information used for this survey to know their validity of the statements these guys are making.

Oct 17, 2013 2:55PM
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I worked with a fellow who had no degree and still made more than me! I just decided not to share my knowledge, or ideas, with anyone who is making more money than me without a degree. My Master's alone cost me $30K. I earned it and therefore won't share what I know, so someone else can take the credit; yeah, that happened too, so I learned the hard way.
Oct 17, 2013 2:30PM
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The wage gap is most certainly NOT a lie.  I live and work in Louisiana, am female, am in management, and have two male counterparts within the same company.  The men are paid about 30% more than I am.  One has more higher education than I do, and one has less; and our rankings within the company are the same.  As a matter of fact, the men who hold positions in the company which are NOT management, are paid more than I am. And Mexbeachrat, your comment is correct - this state is simply ultra conservative and backward.
Oct 17, 2013 2:38PM
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Utah is a theocracy based on the crazy Mormon doctrine.  Did you know you get your own planet when you die--that is if you are a good Mormon.  The land of Magic Underwear and misogyny...but the desert is beautiful.

Oct 17, 2013 1:35PM
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Was anyone shocked at the states that came up?  Only surprise was none of the Dakota's or Carolinas made it.
Oct 17, 2013 2:24PM
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Why am I not surprised! The taker states.
Oct 17, 2013 2:57PM
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The Mormon church is the reason Utah is on there and the other 4 are all in the top 10 poorest states.  Who would have thought, poverty sucks for both men and women.

Oct 17, 2013 2:58PM
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No mention of the Obama Administration paying female employees 18% less for the same work done by males?

How odd....

Oct 17, 2013 5:59PM
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4 "good old boy' states and 1 Mormon state.
Oct 17, 2013 2:05PM
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I live in Oklahoma, and this article shocks me.  I've had three kids and had no idea the infant mortality rate was so high!
Oct 17, 2013 5:56PM
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I live in Utah, the number #2 state; and I'd like to know who gave these women permission to participate in a non-church controlled study? 
Oct 17, 2013 4:45PM
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but the unemployment rate is so much lower in the so called red states. y is that?? wouldn't all the men be out of work if they could hire women for 3/4 pay as a man??
Oct 17, 2013 3:52PM
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we can thank the GOP for that. wait a few years when these women retire and have no pension to fall back on because big business has done away with it.
Oct 18, 2013 12:36PM
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Coincidentally, all of these states are red states.  All of these states have right to work laws.  All of these states restrict a woman's access to birth control and abortion.  The attitudes are transparently obvious.  Women should be dependent on men.  Women should not have sex, which is an interesting anomaly, since men are expected to have lots of sex.  Both men and women should be content with dead end, minimum wage jobs because employers need to hoard all profits for themselves.  Isn't conservatism wonderful?
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