Wednesday, March 2, 2011

White House report on the status of women: cliffnotes version

First things first: Happy Women’s History Month! Yesterday kicked off the first day of this month-long celebration of womens' achievements.

The White House helped ring in the first day of WHM by issuing a report titled, “Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being,” the first of its kind to be created since 1963.

The five major areas of American women’s lives discussed in this report include: People, families and income; education; employment; health; and crime and violence.

In order to save you some time (the report is 97 pages long!), I picked out what I thought were some of the most important and interesting points made in the report (you can, however, read the full report here):

  • Marriage and childbirth are increasingly being put off (or avoided altogether) in favor of college and career for both men and women.
  • The rates of women attending and graduating college have dramatically increased in the past few decades, outpacing men in most areas aside from science and technology.
  • However, poverty is still more common among women than men.
  • Women have been less hard-hit than men by unemployment during the current recession.
  • In households in which both the man and woman are employed, women are still more likely than men to work a “second shift consisting of housekeeping, childcare, volunteer work, etc.
  • Women are more likely than men to suffer from chronic medical conditions including depression and mobility problems.
  • Homicide, rape and other nonfatal attacks against women (including those perpetrated by intimate partners) have decreased within the past 20 years.

1 comment:

  1. Kind of shocking there has not been a report like this in almost 50 years. Comprehensive data based studies are essential to identifying issues facing women in America. Furthermore, the more data based the better the study. While this is a very emotional issue, and rightfully so, policy arguments and solutions are always better when made from a rational data based standpoint, as opposed to an emotional one. When arguments are made purely from emotion, the debate turns into an exchange of talking points, which gets nothing done.

    I personally would like to see more comprehensive statistical studies on glass ceilings and wage disparities.