Overview of the Status of Women in the States

Institute for Women's Policy Research

July 31, 2000
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Women’s progress over the past century has involved
both great achievements and significant shortfalls.
Many U.S. women are witnessing real improvements
in their economic, political, and social status. Not all women,
however, enjoy equal access to the country’s political, social,
and economic resources, nor are they sharing equally in the
fruits of progress or prosperity. Women by no means enjoy
equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees
that would allow them to achieve it.