This report, prepared for the White House Council on Women and Girls, presents selected indicators of women’s social and economic well-being currently and over time. The report is intended for a general audience, with the hope that it will be useful to policymakers, policy analysts, journalists, policy advocates, and all those interested in women’s issues.
The indicators have been grouped into five areas of interest:
- People, Families, and Income. This section describes various demographic characteristics and trends in women’s marriage, living arrangements, childbearing, and poverty. The Census Bureau is the primary source of the data (census.gov).
- Education. This section describes levels and trends in women’s educational attainment, school enrollment, and fields of study. The data are primarily from the National Center for Education Statistics (nces.ed.gov).
- Employment. This section describes levels and trends in women’s employment, earnings, and time use. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the main source of the data (bls.gov).
- Health. This section describes levels and trends in women’s life expectancy, prevalence of chronic health conditions, access to health care, and health insurance coverage. The data come primarily from the National Center for Health Statistics (cdc.gov/nchs).
- Crime and Violence. This section describes levels and trends in women’s victimization, crime, and involvement in the criminal justice system. The data come primarily from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov).