Oklahoma women have long been at the bottom of the statistics on key health, education and economic factors. We imprison the highest number of women in the country and rank 2nd overall as the worst state for women. We know we can do better, and we must.

Among foundation grants over $10,000 only seven percent goes specifically to women and girls. We believe that if we do not invest in the education of women and girls, then their children, their families and eventually state and national economies will suffer.

For the past two decades, funds for women and girls have improved access to education, jobs and asset growth. In turn, they have helped reduce teen pregnancy rates, increased the number of women and girls who complete their education, support positive early job experiences and strengthening sustainable economic self-sufficiency. As we increase our investments, these achievements will continue to grow in Oklahoma.

At the Women’s Foundation of Oklahoma, we know that when women and girls prosper, communities thrive.

Key Statistics


The average woman, 65+ years, struggles to survive on 50% of the average male’s income. 


Women in Oklahoma earn only 75 cents for every dollar earned by men.


Single women head nearly half of all poor families in Oklahoma.


Nearly 20% of Oklahoma girls never graduate high school.


Fewer than 1 in 7 Oklahoma girls complete four or more years of college.