By Beth Reese Cravey

Women in Northeast Florida are generally better off than some of their counterparts elsewhere in Florida, particularly in relatively wealthy St. Johns County.

But that’s not saying much in a state ranked nationally as the 47th for women, a status that has remained largely unchanged for 10 years.

“We are hanging on to a dismal ranking,” said Paula Liang, past president of the Jacksonville-based Women’s Giving Alliance and co-chairwoman of the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance.

Wednesday, Liang and other members of the Florida Alliance released a county-level analysis of the status of women in Florida.

The report detailed how women in the state have higher rates of poverty, lower rates of bachelor’s and master’s degrees and lower access to health insurance coverage than U.S. women overall. The report — “The Status of Women in Florida by County: Poverty & Opportunity” — was commissioned by the Florida Alliance and written by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington.

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