The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City (WFGKC) has completed a three-part study designed to report on the state of women and girls in the Kansas City metro area.
The studies – titled Her Reality, Her Voice and Her Future – are the result of a two-year effort in which survey analysis, focus groups, and individual interviews with key community stakeholders were conducted and used to gather information about the indicators that measure economic status and stability of women in the region, the current issues facing women and girls with a focus on economic self-sufficiency, and how to eliminate the barriers women and girls face in achieving long-term economic self-sufficiency.
- Since 2008, there are 3.5 million more women living in poverty across the United States. In Kansas City, that number is 83,596.
- Females in the WFGKC target area experienced greater growth in poverty than did males. Johnson, Platte and Clay counties experienced the highest growth rate.
- 66% of the households living in poverty are headed by a woman and nine in ten include related children.
- Education is often the ticket to increased economic security. One quarter of women over 25 (238,969) in the Kansas City community have no education or training beyond high school.
- Males in the Kansas City region have higher median earnings then females. The average median earnings for males of all educational levels earn almost 1.4 times higher than females ($42,072 versus $30,366).
- The wage gap is greatest at higher educational levels and ranges from $5,507 for those in the service occupations to $38,149 for those in the healthcare practitioner and technical occupations.
- Our region’s women are struggling. Basic survival has become a powerful over-arching priority. The lack of basic shelter, food, transportation and access to healthcare makes it difficult for women to be on a successful path toward a secure future.