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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.

 

Resources

2012 Status of Women Data
State and Local Reports

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

Overview of the Status of Women in the States
by (July 2000)

Women’s progress over the past century has involved both great achievements and significant shortfalls. Many U.S. women are witnessing real improvements in their economic, political, and social status. Not all women, however, enjoy equal access to the country’s political, social, and economic resources, nor are they sharing equally in the fruits of progress or prosperity. Women by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve it.

 

The Status of Women in New Hampshire: Highlights
by (July 2000)

New Hampshire reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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 Minnesota: Highlights
by (July 2000)

Minnesota reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 Indiana:Highlights
by (July 2000)

Indiana reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Indiana 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 Indiana 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: Highlights
by (July 2000)

Hawai‘i reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Hawai‘i 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 Hawai‘i 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 Colorado: Highlights
by (July 2000)

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 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 Arkansas: Highlights
by (July 2000)

Arkansas 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 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 Arizona: Highlights
by (July 2000)

Arizona reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Arizona 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 Arizona 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.

 
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Women's Political Participation: Status of the Women in the States
by Amy Young (February 2000)

Participating in the political process is one way women can seek representation of their interests and influence policies affecting their lives. Voter registration and turnout, female state and federal elected representation, and women's state institutional resources are all crucial to making women's political concerns visible. Although women have made significant political gains over the last century, women are far from achieving political equality. Eighty years after the Nineteenth Amendment granted female suffrage, women today are more likely than men to register and to vote. However, women are still drastically underrepresented in federal and state government. Although slightly more than half the population, women hold only 12.1 percent of seats in the US Congress and 22.4 percent of seats in state legislatures across the country. "The Status of Women in the States" is an ongoing research project conducted by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) to establish baseline measures of the status of women in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Political participation is one of several measures IWPR uses to compare women's status among the states.

 

Part-Time Opportunities for Profesionals and Managers
by Heidi Hartmann, Young-Hee Yoon, Diana Zuckerman (December 1999)

Where are they, who uses them and why

 

Status of Women in the States: State Advisory Committee Toolkit
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (December 1999)

Welcome! This set of guidelines is intended to introduce you to the Institute for Women's Policy Research and its Status of Women in the States project. We look forward to working with you on this project and hope you find these materials useful.

 
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Our Common Ground: Prominent Women Talk About Work and Family
by Diana Zuckerman (March 1999)

Tells the story of 11 prominent women, including Linda Chaves-Thompson, AFL-CIO; Judy Woodruff, CNN; Susan Molinari, former Congresswoman; and Carole SImpson, ABC News, as they struggled to combine work and family. They faced a broad range of challenges, including gender- and race-based discrimination in employment and the difficulty of providing care to family members with special needs. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

 

The Status of Women in Lousiana Report
by (October 1998)

A comprehensive study of women's lives in Lousiana. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

 

The Status of Women in Nebraska Report
by (October 1998)

A comprehensive Study of the women's lives in Nebraska. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

 

The Status of Women in Mississippi Report
by (October 1998)

A comprehensive study of women's lives in Mississippi. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

 

The Status of Women in Kentucky
by (October 1998)

A comprehensive study of women's lives in Kentucky. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

 
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The Status of Women in Georgia Report
by IWPR (October 1998)

A comprehensive study of women's lives in Georgia. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

 
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The Status of Women in Florida Report
by IWPR (October 1998)

A comprehensive study of women's lives in Florida. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

 

The Status of Women in Connecticut Report
by (October 1998)

A comprehensive study of women's lives in Connecticut. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

 
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The Status of Women in the States National Report for 1998
by IWPR (October 1998)

This inclusive report can be used to compare women's progress in each state over time. It provides national maps, data, and rankings for all the 50 states and the District of Columbia for each two-year cycle. All key indicators in the core areas of political participation, employment and earnings, social and economic autonomy, and reproductive rights are included. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

 
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