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Texas Lags the Rest of the Country in Women's Equality, New Report Says


Sheila Jackson Lee is one of only three women elected to represent the state of Texas at the federal level. - VIA SHEILA JACKSON LEE'S FACEBOOK PAGE
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  • Sheila Jackson Lee is one of only three women elected to represent the state of Texas at the federal level.
Texas isn't just a state full of good ol' boys, it also appears to be a state where good ol' boy network still dominates.

Texas ranks at the ass-end — 48th of 50 states — in women's equality, according to a new study from financial site WalletHub. Only Idaho (49th) and Utah (50th) fare worse. By contrast, the top-ranked states in order are New York, Minnesota, Maine, Nevada and Hawaii.

To get its rankings, WalletHub compared states across 16 indicators of gender equality, from the pay difference between female and male execs to the disparity in unemployment rates.

The Lone Star State ranked badly in the number of women compared to men who earn advanced degrees (42nd) and in the disparity between the genders' unemployment rates (41st).

Not exactly good news to hear with Women's Equality Day right around the corner. (It's Aug. 26 in case you didn't mark your calendar.)

But hang on, the news gets worse.

Texas' single worst showing was in female political representation, where it ranked a 47th. Just 37 of Texas' 181-member legislature are women, and only three women serve among the state's 38 federal lawmakers.

That lack of representation certainly helps explain state lawmakers' prolonged war on Planned Parenthood and continued support of bills that disregard women's right to make informed health care decisions.

It also suggests why the state appears to be so far behind the curve on addressing the many other gender-equality issues covered in WalletHub's study.

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