In North Carolina and across the United States, women have made significant progress. Growing numbers of women are earning bachelor’s degrees, starting their own businesses, and gaining access to health insurance coverage. However, many women and girls remain in poverty with limited access to a quality education, affordable health care services, and other supports that would give them economic security.
The Status of Women in North Carolina: Poverty & Opportunity takes a closer look at four indicators necessary for women’s economic success: (1) access to health insurance coverage, (2) educational attainment, (3) business ownership, and (4) poverty rates. These indicators are combined to create a composite index, which ranks North Carolina against all 50 states and the District of Columbia.