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National Women's Organization Gives Idaho Failing Grade

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The Gem State ranks 50th in the nation when it comes to the status of women, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Women's Policy Research. That abysmal score is based on a host of metrics that includes employment and earnings, political participation, poverty and opportunity, reproductive rights, and health and wellbeing.

In a report, The Status of Women in States 2015, IWPR determined that Idaho women earn three-quarters what men earn, and that women's labor force participation rate is 56.4 percent—that same figure for men is 69.5 percent. The share of all workers in managerial and professional jobs rate for women is the lowest in the country at 33.6 percent.

Women also come up short when it comes to opportunity, with business ownership at 23.5 percent, compared to men's 40.5 percent. 77.7 percent of women have health insurance, and 25.4 percent have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Reproductive rights in Idaho also rank among the worst in the nation, with a state-mandated waiting period for abortion services, a lack of state funding for abortions, a pro-life governor and legislature and the lack of a state requirement for schools to provide sex education. 

The study was conducted to rank all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with D.C. ranking first in the nation in all metrics. At the dead bottom of the list was West Virginia.