How are women doing in Omaha? That was the question asked in a survey commissioned by the Women's Fund of Omaha, which released the results of its study before a group of nonprofit agencies on Friday morning.
It found that women in Omaha are generally thriving, but there is still a gender gap in terms of earnings and that gap is greater than the national average. In addition, the study showed a high level of minority unemployment for women, which is troubling given the low level of unemployment in the area.
“Women by and large are the ones taking care of the kids, they're the ones that are single parents, they're the ones that quite frankly are making less money and so when you take money from money that wasn't even there to begin with, you're in a rough spot,” said Michelle Zych with the Women’s Fund of Omaha.
The study asked women what their most important issues will be in the next year. The biggest concern was employment followed by poverty, financial literacy, domestic abuse and access to health care.