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Working to improve the lives of women and children in Oklahoma — one progressive woman legislator at a time.
OKLAHOMA: NOT HEALTHY FOR WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN
Despite a strong tradition of faith, family and community, Oklahomans are failing our women and children in great and unacceptable numbers. Oklahoma was recently ranked 48th in the nation for women overall, a distressing ranking based on 36 factors related to women’s economic security, leadership and health.
Our state also has the dismal distinction of ranking at the BOTTOM nationally of these lists:
- overall women’s health (50th);
- women with health insurance (46th);
- per pupil expenditures (49th);
- women and girls in poverty (36th); and
- infant mortality (40th).
And the TOP of these lists:
- incarcerated women (1st);
- children removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect (2nd);
- child abuse deaths (12th);
- women murdered by men (3rd);
- divorces (2nd); and
- teen births (2nd).
Tellingly, Oklahoma also ranks near the bottom nationally for women in elected leadership (41st) and for women serving in the state legislature (48th). Additionally, the steady stream of anti-woman laws passed by our male-dominated legislature makes it alarmingly clear that Oklahoma’s women are being systemically victimized.
PROGRESSIVE WOMEN LEGISLATORS: THE KEY TO CHANGE
We know that female legislators are more likely than males to prioritize issues relating to women’s rights, health care, children and families, education, environment, housing and the elderly. We also know that female legislators are more likely than men to bring citizens into the process, to respect other’s viewpoints, and to collaborate and compromise when necessary to achieve legislative progress. If we truly want Oklahoma to be a safe, healthy and prosperous place for our daughters to call home, we must take action in the political arena now.
At Sally’s List, our strategy is simple: We recruit and train progressive women to run for public office in Oklahoma.
We have seen firsthand how women who are actively recruited and educated in the campaign process become enthusiastic and formidable candidates.
Studies show that when women run for office, they win in equal numbers to men — and that they are motivated not by power, but by the ability to pursue policies that improve the lives of others. Bringing women’s life experiences and priorities to the legislative process is the key to achieving much-needed change in Oklahoma’s public policy and how it affects women, children and, indeed, all Oklahomans. Join us!