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Summit Highlights Alaska Women

Published On: Oct 18 2013 09:53:00 AM AKDT   Updated On: Oct 18 2013 10:30:00 AM AKDT

A two-day summit in Anchorage this week is aimed at finding ways to improve the lives of women in Alaska.

The state's first Women's Summit started Thursday in Anchorage. It was organized, in part, by state Sen. Lesil McGuire, who last year commissioned a report on the status of women in Alaska with regard to housing, wages, mental health, domestic violence and health care.

The report found that on average, Alaska women are paid less than women in the rest of the U.S., imprisoned at higher rates and have a higher rate of suicide. But KSKA reports the summit also is meant to highlight the achievements and businesses successes of women.

Alaska's first lady, Sandy Parnell, called women "the state's underdeveloped natural resource."