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How do Missouri women rank in terms of education?

When it comes to education, women in Missouri are falling behind. Missouri ranks a low sixth out of a 7 state region in the percent of women with four or more years of college. Of the 50 states, MO ranks 35th - which is in the bottom 1/3 of all states. The 2002 "Status of Women in Missouri" reports that access to health care, rates of domestic violence, and child care options are responsible for these low rankings.

Is higher education important? Absolutely. Between 1979 and 1999, earnings of Missouri women with a college education increased 16% to $33,000; with some college, earnings increased 9% to $25,900. But, for those with less than a high school diploma, earnings dropped 16.6 % to $15,900.

This data comes at the same time that financial support for higher education from the state is falling. In FY02, for example, 37% of the state's budget shortfall was taken from withholdings to higher education.


Cynthia E. Crawford, Ph.D., Consumer & Family Economics Specialist, University of Missouri Extension










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