The Status of Women in the District of Columbia, 2004: Highlights

Amy Caiazza, April Shaw

November 14, 2004
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The District of Columbia refl ects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States.
Women in the the District of Columbia and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and
in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they
still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in the District of Columbia and
the nation would benefi t from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and
affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.