Status of Women Update
In a web press conference today, Wendy Doyle, CEO, Women’s Foundation and Emily Johnson, COO of the Institute of Public Policy, Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri, discussed updates, indicators and statistics which adversely impact women in Missouri. The 2014 Status of Women research, initially released in January 2015, established a baseline report and built a platform for monitoring issues that contribute to inequity and poverty in order to close gaps between men and women in leadership, income, healthcare, education and entrepreneurship. Today’s press release focuses on the first of several scheduled updates to the report, Status of Women, 2016, and provides additional data and analysis and attempts to move Missouri forward with regard to issues of equity and opportunities for women. According to the data, Missouri women were worse off in 2016 than in 2014 in several categories and incrementally advancing in others. The findings conclude that continued research, awareness of issues and public data is needed along with policy solutions and community action to gain positive results for women and their families.