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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

www.statusofwomendata.org

The new Status of Women in the States website provides national and state-level data on women's progress in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States overall. The site is an interactive tool for leaders and the public to access information at the state level. Find grades and rankings for each state on Political Participation, Employment & Earnings, Work & Family, Poverty & Opportunity, Reproductive Rights, and Health & Well-Being, plus national and state-level data on Violence & Safety. The site is also the most accessible, comprehensive source of state-level data on women of color in the United States.

State and Local Reports (1996-present)
The Status of Women in Your County: A Community Research Tool

Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa

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Latest Reports from IWPR

The Status of Women and Girls in New Haven, Connecticut
by Cynthia Hess, Ph.D., Rhiana Gunn-Wright, and Claudia Williams (August 2012)

This report is the result of conversations over nearly two years among women leaders in New Haven about the growing need for data on women and girls in New Haven. The report has four goals: 1) to provide baseline information on women and girls in New Haven; 2) to inform policy and program priorities for women and girls in New Haven; 3) to provide easily accessible data on women and girls in New Haven; and 4) to create a platform for advocacy and dialogue on issues affecting women and girls in New Haven.

#R355, Report, 136 pages
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Recommendations for Improving Women’s Employment in the Recovery
by Women's Scholars Forum (September 2011)

In the current economic recovery, women are facing a gap in employment that jeopardizes the well-being and economic security of themselves and their families. This briefing paper, prepared by a group of scholars and researchers collaborating as the Women Scholars Forum, proposes specific strategies to meet the needs of women facing joblessness in the recovery from the Great Recession of 2007–2009. This group, noting that women’s earnings are essential to the welfare of their families, is especially concerned that federal programs reach those most in need, including single mothers, women of color, and those with less education. The members of the Women Scholars Forum, listed below, offer these recommendations in order to achieve job growth and economic prosperity.

#C384, Briefing Paper, 5 pages
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Widows: Causes and Effects
by Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D. (June 2011)

 

Women, Poverty, and Economic Insecurity in Wisconsin and the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis MSA
by Claudia Williams and Ariane Hegewisch (April 2011)

Since the beginning of the recession in 2007, with its high unemployment and rising poverty rates, more families than ever are struggling to make ends meet. This briefing paper analyzes the impact of the recession on Wisconsin's families. It finds that nearly two-thirds of all households in poverty in Wisconsin are headed by single women and, across-theboard, women are more likely than men to be poor. Families headed by single mothers and families depending on women’s wages have been the hardest hit.

#R347, Briefing Paper, 8 pages
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Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Lobby Training Manual
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Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Women's Freedom of Movement (Arabic Translation)
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Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Social Attitudes Toward Women (Arabic Translation)
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Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Project Overview and Respondent Demographics (Arabic Translation)
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Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Lobby Training Manual (Arabic Translation)
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Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Attitudes Toward Policy Change (Arabic Translation)
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Focus on Yemen Topic Brief: Health Care Access
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (December 2010)

 

Focus on Yemen Topic Brief: Freedom of Movement & Freedom from Harassment & Violence
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (December 2010)

 

Focus on Yemen Topic Brief: Educational Attainment and Career Aspirations
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (December 2010)

 

Focus on Yemen Topic Brief: Paid Work and Control of Earnings & Assets
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (December 2010)

 

2010 Portrait of Women & Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area
by Barbara Gault, Ph.D. and Layla Moughari (September 2010)

(Produced by Washington Area Women’s Foundation, Urban Institute, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Trinity University, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital) In 2003, Washington Area Women’s Foundation released A Portrait of Women & Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area, with the goal of presenting a clear picture of the lives of women and girls in the region—the District of Columbia, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland, Arlington and Fairfax Counties in Virginia, and the City of Alexandria, Virginia—that could be used as a basis for action.

 

Women in New Orleans: Race, Poverty, and Hurricane Katrina
by Allison Suppan Helmuth and Jane M. Henrici, Ph.D. (August 2010)

IWPR analysis of American Community Survey (ACS) and U.S. Census Bureau data1 reveals that after Hurricane Katrina and the evacuation of New Orleans in August 2005, the city’s demographics have changed with respect to race and economic status among women.

 

Focus on Morocco Topic Brief: Project Overview and Respondent Demographics
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (May 2010)

 

Focus on Morocco Topic Brief: Civic and Political Participation
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (May 2010)

 

Focus on Morocco Topic Brief: Educational Attainment and Career Aspirations
by (May 2010)

 

Focus on Morocco Topic Brief: Freedom of Movement, Freedom from Harassment & Violence
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (May 2010)

 
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