Status of Women in Missouri to be discussed at WWU

In 2010, the average earnings
of women college
graduates in Missouri were
only 90 percent of their male

In a talk at
William Woods University, Shirley Breeze will talk about
this discrepancy and others like it that affect women in Missouri. Breeze
is a retired business professor and a board member of
the Women’s Policy Alliance.
The event is scheduled for at 7 p.m. Monday, March
26, in the Library
Auditorium and is free and open to the public.  It will be hosted
by Mary Mosley, assistant professor of
Spanish at WWU, and an ardent advocate of women’s equality.
“It’s really important to know where women stand so we can
try to improve conditions, such as the number of women in poverty or
the pay disparity between women
and men. If we don’t know the facts, it’s hard to make change,” explained
The Missouri Women’s
Report was compiled by the Women’s Policy Alliance and the University of Missouri’s Office of Social
and Economic Data Analysis.
It is designed to provide information on the status of Missouri women
and a method to measure improvement in their lives. The
report covers a variety of factors, including healthcare,
education, economics, occupations, and civic engagement.
“When I speak on any women’s issue, someone always asks for ‘proof’
of the inequality of women. One of the best ways to illustrate this is with
statistics from reputable agencies. This report presents that data,” Breeze

 “For instance, there are only
41 women in the state House of Representatives
(out of 163 seats); there are only
15 female county
commissioners (out of 330 positions); and there are only
six female state senators
(out of 34 seats),” she said.
“The most important thing the public
needs to know,” Breeze said, “is that although
women have improved their status in Missouri over the last decade, there is still a
long way to go.”