Facts on the Status of Women

In the workplace

  • 70% of women are in the workforce but 60% are in low-paying, minimal-benefit jobs.
  • In no State does a full-time, minimum-wage job enable most families to pay fair market rent for a moderate two-bedroom apartment.
  • Full-time female workers made 72% of what their male counterparts made.
  • Women doctors earn only $0.62 for every dollar a male doctor earns. (Patricia Braus, American Demographics, November 1994)
  • Women make up 15.7% of corporate officers at top 500 firms, and 21% of the current President’s Cabinet.
  • Women owned/run businesses generate in excess of $4 trillion in annual revenues.
  • Women own 26% of the 21 million companies and employee 9.2 million workers.
  • 23% of women out-earn their husbands.
  • Annual income in households headed by women grew 29% from 1993 to 2000.
  • Women make up only 25% of executives in the entertainment, cable and internet fields.
  • Fewer than 1 in 5 of the tenured faculty members at the nation’s four-year public and private universities are women.
  • The majority of entering law students is women yet only 15% of judges and law firm partners are women; 5% of managing partners of large firms are women.
  • Only 5% of artists exhibited in museums are women

Basic Economics

  • The average woman’s standard of living drops 45% in the year following a divorce, while a man’s rises 15%.
  • The average woman’s 401(k) is $11,000 compared to $25,000 for men.
  • 75% of all elderly Americans in poverty are women.
  • 85% of homeless families are headed by single mothers raising their children alone.

Young Women and Girls

  • Between 30-50% of female high school students report having already experienced teen dating violence. 81% of eighth graders through eleventh graders have experienced some form of sexual harassment.
  • Of 11-to-14 year old girls, 41% believe forced sex is acceptable if the boy “spent a lot of money” on the girl.

Violence Against Women

  • In a 1997 national survey, 24% of women between the ages of 18 and 65 had experienced domestic violence, 37% of whom reported that this abuse had an impact on their work performance.
  • Domestic violence cause 56% of them to be late for work at least five times a month, 27% to leave early at least four days a month, and 54% to miss at least three days of work a month.

In Government

  • 11,496 people have served in Congress since the founding of the country. Of those people, only 226 have been female.
  • There are presently 14 female senators of 100 and 62 congresswomen out of 435.
  • Only 8 of the States have a woman as Governor.