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The Status of Women and Girls

About the Status of Women and Girls

IWPR’s “Status of Women” reports are a unique source of comprehensive information on women. IWPR has analyzed data on a wide range of indicators at the local, state, national, and international levels, including demographics, economic security, educational attainment, reproductive rights, political participation, civic engagement, and access to health care and work supports. To date, IWPR has released reports on each U.S. state and the District of Columbia, in addition to several city/area reports, and a series of reports and a toolkit on Women in the Middle East and North Africa. Each report offers policy recommendations shaped by the research findings for that state or city/area. Recent state-level reports include The Status of Women & Girls in Colorado, The Status of Women in North Carolina, The Status of Women & Girls in West Virginia, and the 2010 Portrait of Women & Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

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2012 Status of Women Data

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The Status of Women in Your County: A Community Research Tool

Status of Women in the States
Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa

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Latest Reports from IWPR

The Status of Women in Maine, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Maine reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Maine and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Maine and the nation would benefit from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Maryland, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Maryland reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Maryland and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Maryland and the nation would benefit from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Massachusetts, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Massachusetts refl ects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Massachusetts and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Massachusetts and the nation would benefi t from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Louisiana, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Louisiana reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Louisiana and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Louisiana and the nation would benefit from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Illinois, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Illinois reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Illinois and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Illinois and the nation would benefit from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Idaho, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Idaho reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Idaho and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Idaho and the nation would benefit from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Iowa, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Iowa reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Iowa and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Iowa and the nation would benefit from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Hawaii, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Hawaii reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Hawaii and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Hawaii and the nation would benefi t from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Georgia, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Georgia reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Georgia and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Georgia and the nation would benefi t from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Florida, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Florida reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Florida and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Florida and the nation would benefi t from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Delaware, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Delaware reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Delaware and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Delaware and the nation would benefi t from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in the District of Columbia, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

The District of Columbia refl ects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in the the District of Columbia and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in the District of Columbia and the nation would benefi t from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Connecticut, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Connecticut reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Connecticut and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Connecticut and the nation would benefi t from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Colorado, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Colorado reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Colorado and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Colorado and the nation would benefi t from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in California, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

California reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in California and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in California and the nation would benefi t from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Arizona, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Arizona reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Arkansas and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Arkansas and the nation would benefi t from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Arkansas, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Arkansas refl ects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Arkansas and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Arkansas and the nation would benefi t from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Alabama, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Alabama refl ects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Alabama and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Alabama and the nation would benefi t from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

Staying Employed: Trends in Medicaid, Child Care, and Head Start in Ohio
by Vicky Lovell, PhD and Jon Honeck, PhD (November 2004)

Over the past two and a half decades in Ohio, more women have entered the labor force, and families have increased their work hours. Yet, job quality has often declined: wages for most workers have been stagnant, health insurance provision by employers has decreased, and Ohio remains nearly 264,000 jobs below its peak employment. The poor performance of Ohio’s labor market coincided with the imposition of time limits for cash assistance under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. These broad trends mean that more women are paying for child care and health care while in low-wage jobs. This paper reviews changes in state child care and health care programs and discusses how such programs can help low-wage parents remain employed.

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Women's Economic Status in the States: Wide Disparities by Race, Ethnicity, and Region
by Amy Caiazza, PhD, April Shaw and Misha Werschkul (October 2004)

Women’s earnings, the female/male earnings ratio, the occupation and industries in which women work, women’s business ownership, and women’s poverty are all important aspects of women’s economic status. Although women have made gains in all these areas in past decades, they still earn less, are less likely to own a business, and are more likely to live in poverty than men across the states. With median annual earnings of $30,100, women in the United States still earn only 76.2 percent of what men earn (Chart 1). Among working women, 33.2 percent work in professional and managerial positions. About a quarter (26.0 percent) of businesses are owned by women, and 87.9 percent of women live above poverty.

 
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