The Status of Women in North Carolina: Executive Summary

Institute for Women's Policy Research

October 10, 2012
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The status of women in North Carolina reveals both women’s progress over the last few
decades and places where their advancement has slowed or stalled. A report from the Institute
for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), The Status of Women in North Carolina, shows that
women are well-represented in the state’s elective executive positions and hold a higher proportion
of state legislature seats than in 1996; have experienced a narrowing of the gender
wage gap; and are much more likely now than 20 years ago to work in managerial or professional
positions and to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher. In addition, women in North
Carolina are the equal or main bread winner in close to four out of ten families with children.
The teen pregnancy rate in the state has also declined dramatically in recent years,
and North Carolina’s women are more likely to receive certain preventive health procedures,
such as mammograms, than women in the nation overall.