The latest U.S. Census data is showing poor rankings for the state when it comes to salaries for working women. Ohio currently ranks sixth from the bottom in the lowest wages earned by women, and this has an impact not only in the state overall but also here locally. So to change these statistics women need to take action. Census figures show that Ohio women earned a median income of 17,800 in 2000. The median income for Ohio men was a little over 31,000, only 1,000 dollars short of the National median income for women. Local professionals attribute some of the inequality to the cost of education and also the number of women in service industries such as health care. Education services are also on the lower end of the pay scale, and Kathy Albertson and Sally Fusner faculty at OU-Z believe that the situation will improve when women begin refusing to settle for low wages and start negotiating. They also think that when women become more flexible within their careers. Gain more confidence, and be open to other opportunities then improvements in salaries can be made.