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Is Kansas a bad state for women?

Kansas is the 10th worst state for women, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data by 24/7 Wall Street and Time magazine. The median wage for women in Kansas ($35,869) is 79 percent of the typical man’s earnings ($45,463), the same as the national average. But Kansas’ infant mortality rate of 7.5 per 1,000 births is the 15th worst in the nation. Also, only 36 percent of management roles in Kansas are held by women, one of the lower rates in the nation. However, Kansas has a higher percentage of women in its state Senate (13 of 40) than most states. The worst state for women, according to the analysis, is Utah. – Phillip Brownlee