The Dallas Women's Foundation today released a study that says, in short, "Women in the Dallas-Fort Worth region are more likely to live in poverty, less likely to own a home, more likely to earn less and less likely to get as far in their careers with equal education than their male peers." The 34-page document dealing with economic indicators is the first such study the 23-year-old foundation, founded by the likes of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Harryette Ehrhardt, has done since 2003's Out of the Shadows: A Portrait of Women and Girls in Dallas County. And the latest results, it says in the report's conclusions, are disturbing:
We at the Dallas Women’s Foundation are deeply troubled by the picture this study paints of women’s economic status in our community. Women are experiencing major challenges to their economic security at a disproportionate and unacceptable rate. Our community can not afford to sit by and accept this as the status quo.
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Becky Sykes, the foundation's executive director, says today's Economic Security report will be followed by two more in coming months to be titled, tentatively, Health & Safety and Education & Leadership. --Robert Wilonsky