Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thursday Thirteen

March is Women's History Month. Here are some facts:

1. 157.2 million women and 153.2 million men reside in the United States. At age 85 and older, there are more than twice as many women as men.


2. 82.8 million women are mothers.

3.  55% of college students are women.

4. 66% of women and 62% of men reported voting in the 2008 presidential election.

5. 14% of armed forces members are women.

6. 88% was the ratio of women’s-to-men’s earnings in the District of Columbia in 2009, which was among the highest of any location in the nation.

Here are a few websites:
 
 7. http://womenshistorymonth.gov/
 
8. http://www.internationalwomensday.com/
 
9. http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb11-ff04.html
 
10. National Women's History Museum
 
11. National Women's History Project
 
12. http://www.biography.com/womens-history/index.jsp
 
13. Women's International Center
 
American Association of University Women
 
Women still have a long way to go before they are equal. The United States is ranked 90th IN THE WORLD in the terms of number of women in elected positions. We are behind Cuba and Afghanistan, just to name two. Where, I wonder, is the outrage?
 
Additionally, women still do not receive the same amount of pay for the same work. Women generally receive about 80 cents for every $1 paid a man for the same job. This is true even in jobs that are traditionally considered "female." This pay gap costs a woman working the same job as a man anywhere from $700,000 to $2 million over her lifetime. This is just because she doesn't have a penis.
 
Here is another interesting statistic: Homicide is the second-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries for women, after traffic accidents. Thirty-one percent of women who die at work are killed as a result of an assault or violent act. That's about 1/3 of all workplace deaths.
 
Women's rights remains a cause in need of champions worldwide.
 
Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here.  I've been playing for a while and this is my 181st time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.

7 comments:

  1. Interesting statistics. I suspect we do a little better in New Zealand. We have had two women Prime Ministers to date and were the first country in the world to give women the vote.

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  2. It's always wonderful to see the stats laid out and have to think it all through. I think it's the only way we consistantly stay in the mindset to enact change. Thanks for sharing these!

    Happy TT,

    ~Xakara
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  3. Excellent information. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Wow, you did a lot of internet research on this... Great job, Anita.

    Di

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  5. We are BEHIND Cuba and Afghanistan?! I had no idea.

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  6. An interesting and informative post! Thanks for visiting. *g*

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  7. Wow, we are still lagging behind pretty badly. It's amazing to me the discrimination I see, and experience, everyday.

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