I attended the Oklahoma Women’s Summit on Friday at the State Capitol. It was such an honor to be in the presence of so many inspiring women, many of whom are responsible for the progress of women in Oklahoma. I am continually reminded of the following:
Oklahoma is 49th in the nation for female representation in the state legislature.
One in six women are the victims of domestic violence in our state.
Oklahoma has the highest female incarceration rate in not only the nation, but the world. Two-thirds of the women Oklahoma puts in prison are single moms.
Nearly 50 percent of all Oklahoma households are headed by single moms.
Oklahoma women earn 75 cents to every dollar Oklahoma men earn.
If a man in Oklahoma rapes his wife he can’t be prosecuted. It’s not against the law.
At the Summit, I met Jean Warner (http://oklahomawomen.blogspot.com/), a true influencer as we’ve come to understand the impact of new media. She told me her goal was to see 75 active female bloggers in Oklahoma – and not just women blogging about what they gave their kids for breakfast, but talking about real issues.
I am taking Jean up on her challenge and promising to be courageous and to write with greater abandon about the issues that concern me most. This morning, I turned to Proverbs 31, to find direction, and was reminded: “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.”