North Dakota the worst place for women?

North Dakota, though, isn’t exhibiting hostility only to reproductive rights but also to women in general. If you’re a woman who struggles economically, it’s doubly bad for you. John Eligon, writing for The New York Times, described in a piece published on January 15 how rural North Dakota, especially near boomtowns built around the oil industry, has become a frightening and hostile place for single women. Women make up only 42 percent of the single population in North Dakota, creating a “man’s world” atmosphere where sexist behavior has few checks on it. Women are constantly being sexually harassed, and the rates of crimes against women are rising. In the 1990s, programs were established to respond to and prevent violence against women in rural North Dakota under the Violence Against Women Act, but unfortunately for the women of the state, House Republicans recently killed the once-popular legislation.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • opinion8ed

    Oh has he been here? The Oilfield is a rough and tumble place that has no room for feelings or political correstness. Why is is women always feel the need to have special bills written specifically for them as though they cannot be treated like everyone else. I am a female and this disgusts me… But I am sure this guy has no real clue. Oh and uh would this have anything to do with a tip out to Heidi since this was going to be here platform… the farm bill and violence against women. If she so beleived in the law she would be demanding that Obamas illegal appointees step down immediately

    • SusanBeehler

      It wasn’t when I lived there growing up. Women where have been the last to be able to vote;1st white men,2nd black men and 3rd women. If we had not had “the special bill” written we would not have a political voice as when do now, thank God for great granny, insuring her grandbaby girls would have a voice in decisions made about their world! Women who fail to acknowledge some women are at a real and sometimes perceived disadvantage in a man’s world are in denial of their gender.

  • schreib

    Ah, this is one former Minnesota woman who left the people’s republic and the land of 10,000 taxes to become one happily married mother of 8 and one happy citizen of the free state of North Dakota.

  • devilschild

    The worst place for women or the worst place to pick up women? I got to read that again.

  • The Whistler

    Wow the NY Times wrote about a tatoo artist hanging out in a strip bar and the clods managed to turn that anecdote into an indictment of the whole state.

  • bigdaddybernie

    North Dakota continues to be a hostile place for fageles ! . . .
    Let them get AIDS elsewhere, then come ” HOME ” to die !