Status of Women in The States
Where a Woman Lives Shouldn’t Matter
State policies and conditions can have a profound impact on women’s well-being and their prospects for a safe, healthy, and prosperous life. That’s why, since 1996, IWPR’s Status of Women in the States project has led the way, tracking state conditions and laws affecting women and demonstrating the impact on women’s lives. The Status of Women in the States project provides comprehensive information on women’s lives in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It analyzes data and grades the states in six topic areas that profoundly affect women across the country: 1) Political Participation; 2) Employment and Earnings; 3) Poverty and Opportunity; 4) Work and Family; 5) Health and Well-Being; and 6) Reproductive Rights. The project also provides data and policy recommendations that change-agents can use to improve the status of women at the local, state, and national levels.
Explore the Data
This report builds on IWPR’s long-standing work on The Status of Women in the States, a series of data analyses and reports that for nearly 20 years have provided data on women’s status nationally and for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The report aims to amplify the historical and current contributions of Black domestic workers to the broader domestic worker movement. Using available data, the report describes the experiences of millions of Black women across the United States, and offers recommendations where the opportunities for Black women can be realized.
Articles and Publications
IWPR Reproductive Rights Index: A State-by-State Analysis and Ranking
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Before the “She-Cession”: A Pre-Pandemic Snapshot Shows More Women in the Workforce than Ever
The “she-cession” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has created economic instability for women across the United States. Yet, before the COVID-19 pandemic, women’s employment and earnings were improving nationwide. It is important to track trends in women’s employment and earnings prior to the pandemic [...]
Narrow the Gender Pay Gap, Reduce Poverty for Families: The Economic Impact of Equal Pay by State
Equal pay would significantly reduce poverty for working women and their families across the United States. If working women received equal pay with comparable men—men who are of the same age, have the same level of education, work the same number of hours, and have the same urban/rural status—poverty for working women would be reduced by more than 40 percent.
The Status of Women In North Carolina: Political Participation
The Status of Women in North Carolina: Political Participation presents data on several aspects of women’s involvement in the political process in North Carolina, comparing North Carolina to other states and the United States overall.
The Status of Women In the United States: Indicators of Economic & Health Well-Being for Women
Women’s Health in the Middle Years: Your Education. Your Occupation. Presentation by Elyse Shaw, Study Director, to CDC Office of Women’s Health
The Well-Being of Women in Utah in 2019
The percentage of women working part-time in Utah is still the highest in the nation. Business ownership and representation in professional and managerial positions among Utah women are also increasing, more Utah women now live above the poverty line, and women in Utah have made great strides in education attainment; however, the progress in these areas is markedly different when race and ethnicity are taken into account.