Roosevelt County women rank fifth in Status of Women report

Samantha Lujan

Roosevelt County was ranked as the fifth best county for women in New Mexico in a report released by the state’s Commission on the Status of Women.

The Status of Women in New Mexico Counties report provides the ranks of all 33 counties based on women’s employment and earnings, reproductive rights, health and well-being, political participation, and social and economical self-sufficiency.

Roosevelt County ranked fourth in lowest fulltime wage gap between males and females. Average annual earnings for women employed full-time in Roosevelt County is $20,664, 16th among counties.

The highest rank was given to Los Alamos County with an average of $40,246, and the lowest was Harding County with $15,750.
Roosevelt County did not do as well with women’s political participation being ranked 14th. With 51 percent of Roosevelt County’s population being women, only 11 percent of elected officials are women.

Roosevelt County ranks eighth in women’s college completion with 22.4 percent of women having finished four or more years of college. Los Alamos County has the highest percentage of women with college completion, 53.6 percent.

The Status of Women in New Mexico report was intended to be used as a tool for the public and designated officials to help them make decisions for the betterment of women in New Mexico.

Nina Björnsson, Chair of Language and Literature at Eastern New Mexico University, suggested the report may influence women in the community to get better education, and further raise Roosevelt County’s rankings.

“If more women could obtain a good education, then all of these statistics could potentially be higher,” Björnsson said.

Communication between the university and the community could assist women locally. Björnsson suggested more help from the university with college funding for women and more adequate childcare programs for the women who do attend ENMU.

Suggestions directly from the report included encouragement and support of women to achieve a higher education and careers that allow them to be self-sufficient.

The entire report can be read at womenscommission.state.nm.us/.