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New Report On Status Of Women In Missouri Shows Gender Disparities Persist

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The pandemic has highlighted the lack of accredited child care in Missouri, which can force women to leave the workforce to be home with their children.

When affordable child care is scarce, it's moms who have to choose between work and family.

Women in Missouri continue to make only 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. That means, even when mother and father are working, women are most likely to leave the work force. Disparities in health care, government representation and leadership positions in the Show-Me State only compounds the problem.

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