The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City published reports detailing a gender gap that’s not just a problem for working women who earn less than men.
Households that aren’t economically self-sufficient create a cycle of poverty, drain social service resources, hinder the pursuit of higher education and don’t contribute to public coffers through taxes.
Economic data about the 15-county metropolitan statistical area show:
- Two-thirds of the poverty-level households are headed by women.
- One-fourth of the adult female population has no education beyond high school.
- Average median earnings for men at all education levels are nearly 1.4 times those for women.