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.