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Not supporting women

According to a research study on hunger in our 50 states, Washington is tied for 14th place, with mostly Southern states like Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia and the Carolinas reporting a higher percentage of “food insecure” people. A report from Washington News Service on Sept. 6 revealed further that women – older women and single-parent women – are more affected than others in lacking access to adequate food.

Added to that alarming situation is the fact that although the average American woman earns 77 cents on the dollar compared to men for the same job, in Washington women earn 63 cents on the dollar.

To help overcome this dismal record for Washington, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking Republican woman, voted to reduce access to food stamps as a part of the Paul Ryan budget. Way to go, Cathy. We love how you support our women.

Nancy Street



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