The Women's Fund of Greater Chattanooga is stepping up its efforts for equality for women in Tennessee. 

A large part of the Women's Fund is legislative advocacy. The next step,  is asking lawmakers in Nashville for policies that benefit women.

Emily O'Donnell, the Executive Director of the Women's Fund of Greater Chattanooga tells Channel 3 the most recent research.

"A ranking of all the states, in an enormous amount of data, showed that Tennessee is 49th out of 50 in the status of women."

"We'll ask them to pass the Tennessee Equity Act, that requires businesses to pay women equal wages for equal work." 

O'Donnell says wages for women in Hamilton County are higher than the average wage for women in the state, but there's still much work to be done. 

The Women's Fund of Greater Chattanooga is holding its 5th annual meeting Wednesday.