Status of Women in the States, 2015 style

Wondering how women are doing in the US of A?  Read “For US Women Inequality Takes Many Forms,” published in April 2015, by Ariel Smilowitz.

According to her article,

“The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR )– in partnership with a multitude of organizations including the Ford Foundation, the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, and the Center for American Progress — just released the 2015 edition of its project on the Status of Women in the States, with newly updated data and trend analyses on women’s economic, social and political progress in the United States.”

IWPR has released “data on U.S. women’s employment and earnings, poverty and opportunity, work and family, violence and safety, reproductive rights, health and well-being and political participation.”

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“The data and trend analyses found in these reports can be explored by topic and differing demographics (women of color, older women, immigrant women and Millennials, to name a few), as well as on a national or state level. The first two chapters on employment and earnings and poverty and opportunity reveal a number of insights on the state of women within this country. “

Some highlights:

  • In just about every state in the country, Millennial women are more likely than Millennial men to have a college degree, yet Millennial women also have higher poverty rates and lower earnings than Millennial men.
  • Although more women are receiving high school diplomas and completing college than ever before, a considerable proportion of women either do not graduate high school or finish their education with only a high school diploma.
  • By the time a college-educated woman turns 59, she will have lost almost $800,000 throughout her life due to the gender wage gap.

“There are incredibly large disparities throughout different regions of the United States; southern women are the worst off with regard to employment and earnings. Furthermore, the status of women differs notably by race and ethnicity, with Hispanic women having the lowest median annual earnings compared to other women.”

These articles were published in the Huffington Post, and also published in the Next New Deal blog from the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network.

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