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Status of Women in the States

Want to know where women stand in your state or community? Look no further.

IWPR’s Status of Women in the States project provides data and analysis on the health, economic, social, political well-being of women. The project provides state-by-state rankings on issues such as pay equity and earnings; poverty and economic security; reproductive rights and access to health care and political participation and civic engagement.

State and federal policymakers, journalists, advocates, and community leaders rely on our reports and rankings to craft sound public policies, identify gaps, allocate funding and create targeted programs.
Over the years, we have partnered with cities, states, policy makers, Foundations, and media partners such as Conde Nast to drive resources to communities and conversations for change.

Black Women Earn Less Than White Men in Every State, Won’t Reach Pay Equity Until 2144

The COVID-19 pandemic and related recession both highlighted and exacerbated the persistent racial and gendered economic inequalities that Black women face in the labor market. Whether they worked full-time, part-time, year-round, or part-year, Black women were paid substantially less than White men. This brief [...]

By Ariane Hegewisch, Cristy Mendoza, Miranda Peterson and David Castro|July 25, 2023|

The Status of Women in Florida Reproductive Rights

This White Paper provides an overview of reproductive rights in Florida. The report outlines the historical and political context of reproductive rights in the state and summarizes key data and outcomes. The report concludes with policy recommendations and areas for future research. It builds [...]

By Robyn Watson Ellerbe PhD, Nina Besser Doorley and Afet Dundar PhD|March 29, 2023|

Women Earn Less Than Men Whether They Work in the Same or in Different Occupations

In 2022, women earned less than men for full-time weekly work in almost all occupations, including in 19 of the largest 20 occupations for women, and in all of the largest 20 occupations for men. Teaching Assistants (median weekly earnings of $662) is the [...]

By IWPR|March 9, 2023|

IWPR Reproductive Rights Index: A State-by-State Analysis and Ranking

Download Report     The Status of Women in the States Initiative at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research provides timely data and research on women’s progress and well-being in the United States on a number of important indicators: employment and earnings, political participation, [...]

By C. Nicole Mason, Kate Ryan, Olivia Storz, Georgia Poyatzis and Ariane Hegewisch|July 20, 2022|

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 [...]

By Elyse Shaw and Halie Mariano|June 22, 2021|

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.

By Elyse Shaw and Halie Mariano|May 11, 2021|
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