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Political  Participation

Shaping their own future

When women participate in the political process, they shape policies in ways that reflect their interests and needs. The Status of Women in the States’ Political Participation Index looks at women as voters, grassroots activists and campaign fundraisers, and officeholders and examines the uneven progress they have made.

Explore the Data

The Political Participation Index measures women’s political participation through four key indicators. Each state is ranked and graded based on their performance on these four measures.

Political Participation Rank and Score by State

Articles and Publications

The Costs of Reproductive Health Restrictions: An Economic Case for Ending Harmful State Policies

Access to comprehensive reproductive health care is central to gender equity and women’s full participation in the workplace. For businesses, restrictions on access to reproductive health care are not only at odds with stated corporate values, such as equity and inclusion, they also affect [...]

By IWPR|November 9, 2023|Center for the Economics of Reproductive Health, Publications|

Reproductive Health Restrictions Cost the Florida Economy Billions of Dollars Each Year–IWPR State Policy at a Glance

Laws and policies that limit access to reproductive health care have devastating and wide-ranging effects on women’s lives, families, and entire communities. These include tangible economic impacts: restricting access to reproductive health care creates barriers to women’s pursuit of education and their participation in [...]

Latinas Will Not Reach Pay Equity with White Men until 2207 if Current Trends Persist

In 2022, Latinas working full-time year-round were paid just 57.5 cents for every dollar paid to White, non-Hispanic men nationally (a wage gap of 42.5 percent). Among all workers, including those working full-time, part-time, full-year, or part- year, Latinas were paid only 51.9 cents [...]

Gender and Racial Wage Gaps Marginally Improve in 2022 but Pay Equity Still Decades Away

In 2022, women working full-time year-round made 84.0 cents per dollar earned by men (a wage gap of 16.0 percent), a marginal improvement compared to 2021 (83.7 cents per dollar) and significantly higher than in pre-COVID-19 2019 (82.3 cents).1 Based on median annual earnings [...]

Quick Figure: Pay Equity Still Decades Away

If progress continues at the same rate as it has since 1960, it will still take more than three decades, until 2053, for all working women to reach pay equity with men. It will take even longer, until 2058, to reach full pay equity [...]

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