Published on October 7, 2014 | by LawNews

Prof. Barbara Stark Featured in Study of ‘Best and Worst States for Women’s Equality’

Professor Barbara Stark was a featured expert in a recent study that examined the “Best and Worst States for Women’s Equality.” The study was conducted by WalletHub, a consumer finance information and social networking site.

The purpose of the study was to “gauge the scope of gender-based disparities in each of the 50 U.S. states. [WalletHub] did so by examining 10 key metrics, ranging from the gap in the number of female and male executives to the disparity between women’s and men’s life expectancy to the imbalance of their political representation.”

Professor Stark and other experts weighed in on “the reasons behind the country’s disappointing performance in closing its gender gap.”

She was asked to respond to the question “According to 2013’s Global Gender Gap Report (PDF), the US is ranking #60 when it comes to the Political Empowerment. What is holding us back in closing this gap?”

Professor Stark offered three reasons:

  1. The U.S. political system (including the realities of campaign financing and “machine” politics).
  2. Our refusal/ failure to even recognize ongoing gender discrimination and the need for a multi-pronged, comprehensive response (such as that required by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, which the U.S. has still failed to ratify; or by adopting quotas for political bodies, as several states have.)
  3. The personal costs of holding office in this country, including the lack of privacy and the likelihood that your family will also be subjected to these costs.

View Professor Stark’s full response and WalletHub’s report on the study’s findings.

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