Texas Among the Worst for Gender Equality
Let's talk about gender (in)equality, shall we?
In 2013, the U.S. failed to make the top 10 -- or even the top 20 -- of the World Economic Forum's list of the most gender-equal countries. And we're guessing that little issue is, at least in part, because of the big ol' state of Texas.
A recent study from WalletHub ranked Texas 47 out of all 50 states for gender equity because, according to the data, Texas is near the bottom when it comes to how states treat women.
The study looked at factors like pay, work hours and number of women executives in the workplace as well as life expectancy and education attainment. The study looked at the number of male vs. female lawmakers in Texas politics.
The study found that women in Texas are dealing with a worse work environment -- we rank 43rd on WalletHub's list -- than most other states. We're at no. 27 when it comes to women representation in politics -- not so bad, given our overall poor ranking. Alabama, Maine, Rhode Island and Montana all embrace female executives in the workplace more than Texas does.
Texas also manages to pull an abysmal ranking when it comes to women's education and health. Those are two pretty important categories -- not only for the betterment of women, but the entire state -- and yet Texas sits near the bottom, coming in at no. 39.
It's hard to be too surprised about the canyon-wide divide WalletHub found between men and women in the Lone Star state. They're hardly the first to point out how great the gender gap in Texas really is.
The median annual earnings for men in Texas was at $44,802 in 2013, compared to just $35,453 for women, according to AAUW, meaning women Texas make just 79 percent of what men earn. What's even worse is that the leadership in Texas is, at points, spearheading the gap.
The Texas AG's office -- under the direction of Greg Abbott -- has the ninth-largest gap between average male and female pay among agencies with 100 or more employees, excluding universities, according to an analysis by the Texas Tribune.
Of the 4,081 employees in the AG's office, 70 percent are female, a larger proportion than nearly every other state agency in Texas. But even with the majority of the office sporting two x chromosomes, most of the women still fall in the bottom half of the agency's salaries.
Only three of the 20 highest-paid employees at the AG's office are female, leaving the numbers obviously skewed in favor of the men in the office.
When the numbers are broken down by district, they're pretty hard to ignore. Women in Texas are being utterly screwed financially, according to the data compiled by AAWU, with women earning anywhere from 66 percent of what men do in some districts, to the top end of things, which is about 89 percent.
Ladies, we didn't even break the 90th percentile when it comes to wage disparity in Texas. Perhaps it's time to move to Nebraska -- which ranked 5th highest on the list for women-friendly states -- or Arizona, the big old whopping first place winner. It's the Midwest or the desert; take your pick.