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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

2011 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
Femstats: Women's Data Center (IWPR Data Bank)

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Latest Reports from IWPR

Report to the Maryland Equal Pay Commission
by Vicky Lovell, PhD, and Olga V. Sorokina (July 2006)

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research constructed a dataset from the 2002 through 2004 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Files (ACS) for people residing in the state of Maryland.1 The dataset includes 25,172 wage and salary workers aged 16 to 64. Five mutually exclusive racial/ethnic categories were constructed from detailed self-reported identities: Non- Hispanic White, Non-Hispanic African American, Non-Hispanic Asian American, Hispanic, and All Other. Individuals in the “All Other” category are excluded from the analysis where race and ethnicity are disaggregated, as this group is too small for separate statistical analysis. (See Appendix I for more information about the dataset and analysis.)

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The Economic Status of Women in Arizona
by Erica Williams and Olga Sorokina (December 2005)

Women have made tremendous gains toward economic equality during the last several decades. Nonetheless, women throughout the United States still earn less, are less likely to own a business, and are more likely to live in poverty than men. Even in areas where there have been significant advances in women’s status, there is still ample room for improvement. For example, at the rate of progress achieved between 1995 and 2005, women will not achieve wage parity for nearly 50 years.

 

The Women of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast: Multiple Disadvantages and Key Assets for Recovery Part I. Poverty, Race, Gender and Class
by Gault, Barbara (September 2005)

by Barbara Gault, Ph.D., Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., Avis Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D., Misha Werschkul, and Erica Williams. This Briefing Paper, the first in a two-part series addressing the needs of the women of the Gulf Coast region, uncovers the multiple disadvantages experienced by women who lived in the areas affected by both the hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, and in many of the communities to which the evacuees are moving. It also outlines policy alternatives to help rebuild their lives in a way that will allow them to ultimately leave poverty behind.

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Status of Women of Color in Minnesota
by Amy Caiazza, Ph.D., Jane Ransom, April Shaw (August 2005)

The Status of Women of Color in Minnesota provides the first focused look at key data from the United States Census on women of color in the state. It is presented as a stimulus and a tool for leaders and communities. Creative, integrated, community-wide solutions are urgently needed in order to unlock the economic, social, and political potential of Minnesota’s women of color and the families to whom they are essential. The more this important segment of its population thrives, the more Minnesota will thrive.

 

The Status of Women in Your County: A Community Research Tool
by Misha Werschkul, Barbara Gault, and Heidi Hartmann (November 2004)

This tool is a joint project of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the James A. & Faith Knight Foundation, to build capacity among community groups to assess and track the status of women in their regions. The tool provides instructions for finding information on the status of women in your county. County-level indicators can inform local policy by identifying areas of need and providing a context for local policy agendas. The suggested indicators in this tool match the state-level indicators used in the Status of Women in the States reports, published by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

 

The Status of Women in the States 2004 Overview
by (November 2004)

Women in the United States have achieved significant advances and are seeing important changes in their lives. Their access to political, economic, and social rights has improved greatly over the past 40 years. Nonetheless, they do not enjoy equality with men, and they lack many of the legal guarantees that would enable them to achieve it. Women across the nation would benefit from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, greater political representation, adequate and affordable quality child care, stronger poverty reduction programs, stronger protection for their reproductive rights and health, greater access to health care, and other policies to improve their status. This Research-in- Brief summarizes the findings of the 2004 edition of The Status of Women in the States, a national overview report that presents and analyzes data for all 50 states.

 

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

Alaska refl ects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Alaska 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 Alaska 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 Wyoming, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Wyoming refl ects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Wyoming 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 Wyoming 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 West Virginia, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

West Virginia reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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 Wisconsin, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Wisconsin reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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 Washington, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Washington reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Washington 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 Washington 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 Vermont, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Vermont refl ects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Vermont 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 Vermont 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 Virginia, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Virginia refl ects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Utah, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Utah reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Utah 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 Utah 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 Texas, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Texas reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Texas 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 Texas 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 Tennessee, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Tennessee reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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 South Dakota, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

South Dakota reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in South Dakota 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 South Dakota 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 South Carolina, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

South Carolina reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in South Carolina 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 South Carolina 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 Rhode Island, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

Rhode Island reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 Pennsylvania, 2004: Highlights
by Amy Caiazza, PhD and April Shaw (November 2004)

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