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Women in the American Economy

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Report Number P23-146


Shows changes in the economic status of women for the last two decades. The book focuses on women in the workforce, including occupation and wage gains relative to men; poverty status; economic outcome of changes in trends related to living arrangements, education, marriage and fertility; and differences according to age, race, and ethnic groups where applicable.

The report also provides a variety of tables and graphs, including ones on: women 25 years old and over with four or more years of college in 1980 (shown by race); percent of high school graduates among Hispanic women 25 years old and over in 1980; occupations of women, 1980 (Black and White); percent of high school graduates among women 25 years old and over, 1980; percentage of children living with one parent, by race, 1970 and 1980; percent of births to unmarried women, by race, 1960,. 1970, and 1983; percentage of families maintained by women, 1970, 1980, and 1985 (by race); women (16 years old and over) in the labor force with young children, 1975 and 1985; and percentage of advanced degrees conferred on women, 1969-1980.

A Note on Language

Census statistics date back to 1790 and reflect the growth and change of the United States. Past census reports contain some terms that today’s readers may consider obsolete and inappropriate. As part of our goal to be open and transparent with the public, we are improving access to all Census Bureau original publications and statistics, which serve as a guide to the nation's history.

Page Last Revised - October 28, 2021
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