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Engaging More Than One Million Girls and Young Women in STEM Education and Careers

Posted by YWM on January 23, 2014

BPWFoundationlogocolorBusiness and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation is partnering with the “Million Women Mentors” (MWM) initiative.  Launched in January during National Mentoring Month, the initiative will support the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors – male and female – to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.

Supporting women in non-traditional fields has long been part of BPW Foundation’s mission. Since 1969, BPW’s career advancement scholarships have provided financial assistance to financially disadvantaged women 25 years of age or older seeking to further their education, advance their careers or re-enter the workforce. BPW Foundation solicits prospective scholarship candidates from its state and local Legacy members.  Most of last year’s scholarship recipients are pursing degrees in STEM or related fields.

BPW Foundation’s goal is to share information about Million Women Mentors among its legacy chapters across the country, to engage STEM mentors and to encourage young girls and women interested in STEM fields to pursue their goals with the help of a mentor.  One aspect of BPW Foundation’s commitment to mentoring young women is the BPW Young Careerist program conducted by BPW local and state organizations which recognizes and assists young women as they start their careers.  In addition, BPW members provide career enhancement tools to women of all ages through locally conducted Individual Development programs.  joining this initiative is a natural fit with our ongoing work.

“With our legacy of ‘working women helping women work®’ BPW Foundation is proud to partner with Million Women Mentors to support women across their STEM career spectrum, from young careerists to mid and upper-level professionals, to those transitioning out of the military,” said BPW Foundation CEO Deborah Frett.

BPW Foundation also seeks to leverage this partnership to promote access to STEM career opportunities among women veterans, military spouses and women who have lost a loved one serving in the Armed Forces. “Many women veterans leave the militarywith a wealth of technical training and experience, but they don’t know how to translate those skills into meaningful careers,” said Leslie Wilkins , member of the BPW Foundation Board of Trustees and Founder and Director, MEDB’s Women in Technology Project.  “Having access to STEM professionals through Million Women Mentors will help these skilled women, who unselfishly served our country, leverage their skills and tap into careers in STEM. Million Women Mentor’s work can also support the talented pool of unemployed and underemployed military spouses and surviving family members and bridge the gap (often due to multiple moves or the loss of a loved one) to a successful career in STEM.”

In the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs. Today 80% of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend on mastery of mathematics and knowledge and skills in hard sciences. While women comprise 48% of the U.S. workforce, just 24% are in STEM fields, a statistic that has held constant for nearly the last decade. While 75% of all college students are women and students of color, they represent only 45% of STEM degrees earned each year. Too many of these young women begin in STEM but leave those degree paths despite their good academic standing, often citing uncomfortable classroom experiences and disconcerting climate. Even when women earn a STEM degree, they are less likely than their male counterparts to work in a STEM field even though STEM jobs pay more and have a lower wage gap: 92 cents on a dollar versus 75 cents in other fields.

“Clearly the need for women in STEM is there,” said Frett.  “By tapping into current pools of talent among our women veteran and military spouse community, and contributing to tomorrow’s STEM professionals among our young careerists, BPW Foundation continues its vision to partner to create successful workplaces for women, their families and employers.”

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Misbehavin’ Notification: Career Advancement Scholarships Awarded

Posted by YWM on August 23, 2012

Business and Professional Women’s Foundation Scholarships

Help Women Advance Their Careers through Education

 Twelve  women, including one veteran, are one step closer to fulfilling their dream of finishing school and advancing their careers, thanks to Career Advancement Scholarships from the Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation.

BPW Foundation established the Career Advancement Scholarship Program in 1969 to provide financial assistance to financially disadvantaged women seeking to further their education. Scholarships are provided to women 25 years of age or older, who wish to advance in their careers or are soon to enter or re-enter the workforce.  Most of this year’s scholarship recipients are pursing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or related fields. Supporting women in non traditional fields has long been part of the mission of BPW Foundation.

“BPW Foundation scholarships have a profound effect both on the women who receive them and on their communities.   Many recipients use the degrees they earn with the help of a BPW scholarship to work in careers that directly impact the quality of life in their communities,” explained Dr. Sheila Barry-Oliver, Chair of the BPW Foundation Financial Aid Committee. “That is why BPW Foundation has the application and screening process done through BPW Foundation state and local Legacy Partners. They know the women in their communities.”

Scholarship recipients must have been accepted at an accredited educational institution and be within two years of completing their undergraduate degree.  Over the years, demographics have shown that the average recipient is a 37 year-old single mother of two children.  Twenty-five percent of the recipients have received public assistance at one time or another and 40 percent of the recipients are the first in their immediate family to earn a college degree.

“Once again I am so impressed by the quality of the applicants and heartened by their stories and drive.” BPW Foundation CEO Deborah L. Frett said. “I am so pleased to be part of an organization with a program that has such a profound impact on women, with limited opportunities but unlimited potential.”

Career Advancement Scholarships are made possible through the long time generosity and commitment of BPW Foundation donors.  For every gift given, 95% directly funds our programs supporting working women, their families and successful workplaces.

Scholarships are for $1,000 or more. Following is the list of scholarship recipients, their home states and degree aspirations:

Career Advancement Scholarships

Rachel Contizano, BBA Business, Denver, CO

Brooke Gianelloni Weiss, BS, Earth and Environmental Sciences, New Orleans, LA

Erin R. Dunphy, BSN, Beverly, MA

Niekeiya N. Williams, BS, Electrical Engineering Technology, Houghton, MI

Shawna Fisher, BSN, Smithton, MO

Rebecca L. Guerrero, BSN, Scottsbluff, NE

*Chanon Robinson, BS, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Fayetteville, NC

Anastasia Mercier, BS, Psychology/Health Science, Franklin, NH

Angela Marie Hoeltje, BS, Electrical Engineering, Zelienople, PA

Susan R. Ledford, BS Accounting/BA Psychology, Spartanburg, SC

Heather Nicole Fuller Albert, BS, Communications Disorders, Woodville, TX

Janet Graham, BS Human Services, St. Johnsbury, VT

The participating Legacy Partners that selected the recipients are Colorado Business Women, BPW/Louisiana, BPW/ Massachusetts, BPW/ Michigan, BPW/Missouri, Nebraska BPW Foundation, BPW/North Carolina, BPW/New Hampshire, BPW Pennsylvania, BPW/South Carolina, Texas BPW Foundation, BPW/Vermont.

*Chanon Robinson is a veteran.

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on December 30, 2011

Empowered Workforce

Instead of work young women are postponing work and careers for more education [New York Times]

Without sponsorship from senior leaders, women don’t have the exposure and experience needed to get ahead. Sponsorship doesn’t happen as naturally for women as it does for men.  [Women at the Top]

Why women lowball other women [Forbes]

Successful  and Equitable Workplaces

Women playwrights and gender stereotypes on Broadway [New York Times]

How to retain talented women at the top [Venture Beat]

STEM

How universities fail women inventors [Business Week]

Still Talking about Gender

Does stripping gender from toys really make sense? [New York Times]

Lego bets on the girls and misses the mark [Hello Ladies]

The truth about boys and girls: challenging toxic stereotypes [Columbia.edu]

Small Bushiness

A new book on fathers and daughters: passing on the family business and the problems that can crop up [Business Week]

The case for women entrepreneurs and leaders [Fox Business]

Self-employed men more likely to have employees than self-employed women [Forbes]

If moms can’t find it; they invent it. Women entrepreneurs [New York Times]

Health

No links seen between HPV vaccine and girls sexual risks [New York Times]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

The Forbes 10 most interesting women of 2011 [Forbes]

Forbes woman of the year: Women in Tech [Forbes]

Ginger Miller helping other women veterans [Washington Post]

Woman’s Army Corp clippings are a prize for Women’s Memorial [ocala.com]

Starting in 1978, Grete Waitz showed the world women could run safely run 26.2 miles [New York Times]

Veterans/Military

Female vets talk joblessness and homelessness [CBS News]

Military academies report more sexual assaults [Washington Post]

VA issues new regulations on care of newborns of women veterans [Third Estate]

Bio-feedback program helps women veterans [SB Sun]

Female veteran looks back at Christmas in Fallujah [Mesquite Citizen]

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on December 16, 2011

Successful, Equitable Workplaces

A look at working women since they have entered the work force in great numbers [The Republic]

Who’s afraid of post-feminism – what it means to be a feminist today [Forbes]

A push to put more women in the halls of power [Miami Herald]

Gender Intelligence Summit – discussed the neurobiology of gender: True inclusiveness isn’t merely about numbers, but understanding that women work and lead differently than men, and that companies can benefit from those differences. [Glasshammer]

For anchor women today, family is part of the job [New York Times]

Empowered Workforce

Obama administration calls for home care workers to qualify for federal wage and overtime protections; could affect 2 million workers [USA Today]

A good mentor can steer you to success. But nearly 1 out of 5 women say they’ve never had a mentor at work. [NPR]

Are we running faster and working harder to get ahead in the world or just to get equal ground? [PegFitzpatrick]

Black women have lost more jobs during the recovery than they did during the recession [Washington Post]

Success has no gender. Men need to make themselves available as mentors to both men and women. [Good Men Project]

STEM

WH Blog: engaging girls using games and digital computing [WhiteHouse.gov]

Where are the women executives in the Silicon Valley? [New York Times]

Will 2012 be the year for women in Tech? [Forbes]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, the first nurse and first woman sworn in as Army’s 43rd surgeon general [Army.mil]

Three women who fought injustice, dictatorship and sexual violence accepted the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize [Wall Street Journal]

WWI nurse honored for aiding US troops during Battle of the Bulge [Stripes]

Michèle A. Flournoy,  one of the highest-ranking women in the history of the Pentagon, will step down to “rebalance” her personal life [New York Times]

L’Oreal and Hearst announce Women of Worth 2011 awards [Lucire]

Female WWII pilot gives $2 million to flight nursing program [PRNewsWire]

Veterans/Military

Special military units bridge cultural divides and are dangerous work [Inforum]

Army identifies soldiers killed in Kiowa accident – one is a woman [Army Times]

C.O.D.E provides BPW Foundation $100,000 grant to support mentoring women veterans [Examiner]

Women veterans battle PTSD [Wisn.com]

Women Veterans deserve more [Argus Leader]

NY Times Editorial: Injustice for Women in Uniform – on Congress’ refusal to lift ban on abortion in cases of rape [New York Times]

Editorial: Remove ban on women in combat [Virginia Pilot]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, the first nurse and first woman is the Army’s 43rd surgeon general [Army.mil]

Three women who fought injustice, dictatorship and sexual violence accepted the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize [Wall Street Journal]

WWI nurse honored for aiding US troops during Battle of the Bulge [Stripes]

Michèle A. Flournoy,  one of the highest-ranking women in the history of the Pentagon, will step down from her job to “rebalance” her personal life [New York Times]

L’Oreal and Hearst announce Women of Worth 2011 awards [Lucire]

Female WWII pilot gives $2 million to flight nursing program [PRNewsWire]

Violence Against Women

Nearly 1 in 5 women report having been sexually assaulted [New York Times]

A federal judge dismisses lawsuit filed against former defense secretaries Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates by military members and veterans who said they were victims of sexual assault [Washington Post]

Health

More good news for coffee drinkers – 4 cups of coffee may cut endometrial cancer risk in women [New York Times]

Other Important News

Fewer Americans are getting married [Wall Street Journal]

Best jobs for women in 2012 [Forbes]

Andrea Jung, Avon’s long time CEO is booted [Forbes]

They call it the reverse gender gap.  Women as heads of households out earning men  [New York Times]

HERvotes turns focus on top issue for women in upcoming election [AFL-CIO]

Why is military active duty ‘Serving Our Country,’ but parenting Opting Out? [Forbes]

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Misbehavin’ Notification: Scholarships Help Women Advance Their Careers through Education

Posted by YWM on December 15, 2011

Ten women are getting early holiday gifts, thanks to Career Advancement Scholarships from the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation.  This enables them to move closer to fulfilling their dreams of finishing school and advancing their careers.

BPW Foundation established the Career Advancement Scholarship Program in 1969 to provide financial assistance to financially disadvantaged women seeking to further their education. Scholarships are provided to women 25 years of age or older, who wish to advance in their careers or are soon to enter or re-enter the workforce.  This year’s scholarships focused on recipients pursing bachelors degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or related fields. These fields are careers where women are traditionally under-represented.

“BPW Foundation scholarships have a profound effect both on the women who receive them and on their communities.   Many recipients use the degrees they earn with the help of a BPW scholarship to work in careers that directly impact the quality of life in their communities,” explained Dr. Sheila Barry-Oliver, Chair of the BPW Foundation Financial Aid Committee. “That is why BPW Foundation has the application and screening process done through BPW Foundation state and local Legacy Partners. They know the women in their communities.”

Scholarship recipients must have been accepted at an accredited educational institution and be within two years of completing their degree.  Over the years, demographics have shown that the average recipient is a 37 year-old single mother of two children.  Twenty-five percent of the recipients have received public assistance at one time or another and 40 percent of the recipients are the first in their immediate family to earn a college degree.

“Once again I am so impressed by the quality of the applicants and heartened by their stories and drive.” BPW Foundation CEO Deborah L. Frett said. “I am so pleased to be part of an organization with a program that has such a profound impact on women, with limited opportunities but unlimited potential.”

Career Advancement Scholarships are made possible through the long time generosity and commitment of BPW Foundation donors.  For every gift given, 97% directly funds our programs supporting working women, their families and successful workplaces.

Each woman is receiving a $2000 grant. Following is the list of scholarship recipients, their home states, and degree aspirations:

Career Advancement Scholarships

Laura Schumacher, Grass Valley, CA 95949, BSN

Layne Jackson Hubbard, Denver, CO, BS, Neuroscience

Leslie Venable Adams, Denham Springs, LA, BSN

Erin R. Dunphy, Beverly, MA, BSN

Jeannine Padilla, Ronan, MT, BS, Computer Science

Christina Palmer, Weddington, NC, BSCE (Civil Engineering)

Anastasia Mercier, Franklin, NH, BS, Psychology/Health Science

Kristin E. Leonard, Jersey Shore, PA, MS, Forensic Anthropology

Susan R. Ledford, Spartanburg, SC, BS, Accounting/BA Psychology

Michelle Lopez Michaelson, Little Elm, TX, BSN

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on November 4, 2011

Successful and Equitable Workplaces

Gender gap on wages slow to close [New York Times]

Study reports that women worldwide missing out on pay equity [Salt Lake Tribune]

Performance review numbers not backing up narrative, holding back women in law firms [American Law Daily]

Number of women Fortune 500 CEO’s at record high [USA Today]

Businesses find diversity training for employees helps bottom line [Business Journals]

Faculty diversity means gains for female law students [www.law.com]

Empowered Workforce

Why women need to break the rules to make it in business [Forbes]

Many professional women don’t have mentors [US News]

10 careers for women who want a life [www.more.com]

When women sacrifice for balance [Forbes]

Survey: More women choosing time over money [USA Today]

Are men expected to have work-life balance? [Forbes]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

The President’s top lawyers are all women [Washingtonian]

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s mother was quite a woman [New York Times]

Small Business

Persistent gender gap in small business remains [Crains Cleveland]

Health

Car crashes pose greater risk for women [New York Times]

Ovarian Cancer rate slashed by birth control pill usage [ABC News]

How redefining “personhood” can hurt women’s rights and reproductive health [Washington Post]

Veterans/Military

After serving her country, women vet struggles to find a job [CNN]

Top women train for Special Forces [Washington Post Magazine]

GI plain Jane? Army considers banning ponytails and French manicures [Daily Mail]

Elections

Walmart moms could decide 2012 election [US News]

The White Knight is a woman? Elizabeth Warren and her road to earn election to Senate [Huffington Post]

For Democrats 2010 was not a great election year: Dem women vow to come back [The Daily Beast]

STEM

Women not as interested in technical areas, therefore don’t test as well?  [Science News]

Need mentors for the mentors in technology, too many women dropping out in their 30s-40s [CloudComputing]

Other Articles of Importance

The best cities for working women [Paper.Li]

British monarchy scraps male succession [New York Times]

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on September 23, 2011

Successful Workplaces

Gender inequality holds back business growth [Bloomberg]

Non traditional family roles promote gender equality [NewsWise]

Paid sick days laws gather momentum [Forbes]

The real impact of babies on career success [Business Insider]

Penalized for balancing work and family? [Wall Street Journal]

The business case for gender equality in the workplace [Computer Weekly]

Working Mom announces best companies for 2011 [Working Moms]

Empowered Workforces

5 ways working moms can own the “juggle”[The Glass Hammer]

Tyson’s pays 2.25 million in back pay to almost 1700 qualified female applicants [NJ.com]

Women earned more doctoral degrees than women for second year in a row [MJPerry.Blogsot]

Women still not landing top jobs in corporate America [Fox Business]

Women strategize to find right work-life balance [Detroit Free Press]

Equity

Hard work was supposed to lead to equality.  It hasn’t [Forbes]

Facts on the gender gap from the World Bank [Wall Street Journal]

Secretary Clinton says women key to future economic growth and security. [Forbes]

Women worry about having little gold in their golden years [Senior Journal]

Military and Veterans

Women are the fastest growing group of homeless veterans [News5]

Slow road, 30 yrs long, but VA is building up women’s health services [DC Courier]

Small Business

Women entrepreneurs help ignite the economy [NJ.com]

Women business owners need retirement plans [MySanAntnio]

SBA adds vets, women to mentor/protégée program [Washington Technology]

Important Odds and Ends

America’s richest women – only 42 in 400 richest list [Forbes]

OK Governor Mary Fallin on governing, business and why women should run for office [Forbes]

Confusion among the world of women racers: women records only set when they run against each other? [New York Times]

Women quoted in new book about Obama say White House was not hostile [Washington Post]

Pre election polls underestimate the success of women candidates [NY Times]

British study says skirts over pants for success [Daily Mail]

Non-Traditional Careers

Catalyst publication: Checking the pulse of women in biosciences: what organizations need to know [Catalyst]

NSF grant to aid women faculty in STEM fields [NewsRoom]

Women still resist STEM careers [Guelph Mercury]

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by sherrysaunders on August 26, 2011

Today is Women’s Equality Day: Are we there yet?

Beyond suffrage: how far have women come? [Los Angeles Times]

1915 anti woman’s suffrage ad [DisInfo]

Equality in the workplace remains a goal[Taunton Gazette]

The Topsy Turvy Path to Equality [WomenMisbehavin‘]

USA could be just 3 states way from ERA [Women’s e-News]

Women’s groups launch HER VOTES to mobilize women voters in 2012 [Sacramento Bee]

Successful Workplaces/Empowered workforces

Women make better leaders than men if you give them the chance [AOL.com]

Two former female partners file suit against Booz Allen [Washington Post]

US lags way behind other industrialized counties in maternity leave [Washington Times]

Judge rules that women who were part or Wal-Mart suit have until end of October to file individually [Reuters]

Discrimination against pregnant women and new mothers is not work-life balance issue [ABetterBalance]

Should pumping at work get you fired? ACLU says no [Time]

Stay at home Mom’s have hardest job [Los Angeles Times]

Women’s negotiations, problem may be power not gender [Yahoo.com]

Less depression for working moms who don’t expect to “do it all” [MedCompare]

Overworking trend favors men over women [PsychCentral]

Paying to get chores done for more family time [Atlanta Journal Constitution.com]

Mommy Track: mothers winning flex time at work and husbands help at home [US News]

When women meet with women are they missing real networking opportunities? [Reclaiming Leadership]

Black women lost more jobs during recovery [Workforce]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

First woman to head chapter of Disabled American Veterans [Billings Gazette]

Military women are heroes too [Time Blog]

Forbes’ 100 most powerful women in the world list [Forbes]

The 20 youngest powerful women [Forbes]

Pat Summit who has the most wins of any basketball coach facing down Alzheimer’s challenge with courage [USA Today]

Marine Brig. Gen. Loretta Reynolds first female commander at Parris Island [Washington Post]

Rear Admiral Eleanor V. Valentin, First female and first Asian Director of the US Navy Medical Service Corps [Asian Journal]

Health

TX women’s health program that saved the state $20 million is endangered [Austin Chronicle]

Smoking implicated in half of women’s bladder cancers [NIH]

Small Business/Entrepreneurship

Financing female entrepreneurship [Forbes]

SBA may develop new system to simplify participation in contacting process [Biz Journals]

Women business owners need retirement plans also [PaysonRoundup]

Military/Veterans

All female crew takes “unmanned” flight to new level of meaning [Daily Democrat]

Marines in Afghanistan run in honor of fallen “sister” [dividshub.net]

Non Traditional Jobs

STEM faculty parity at community colleges [Inside Higher Ed]

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on August 19, 2011

Successful Workplaces

President issues order to increase federal government hiring of women and minorities [Washington Post]

OPM issues memo on dealing with federal government pay gap [Washington Post]

For working mothers, big law remains a tough nut to crack [Wall Street Journal]

Being a nice guy or gal doesn’t pay [Wall Street Journal]

Empowered Workers

PEW study: women see more value and benefits in college education than men [PEW Social Trends]

Does our culture of individualism hurt working mothers and their careers? [The Glass Hammer]

Bloomberg pregnancy discrimination suit renews work-life debate [New York Times]

Career Networking benefits men not women [Business News Daily]

What working moms want [The Glass Hammer]

Globally women say they are very ambitious, most more than double US’s stat of 36% [HBR]

Women have come a long way but not far enough [Fresno Bee]

The Challenges of child care and impact on families [NPR]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

Top 25 female athletes [Fem 2.0]

African American veteran combat pilot inspiring others [ABC Local]

Army’s single mom drill sergeants face challenges [Google News]

Adventure, equality draw women to Coast Guard [NPR]

Small Business

Why are women business owners hesitant to raise their debt ceiling? [Business Insider]

Retirement

Boomer women get the retirement shaft [OC Register]]

Not all Social Security checks are created equal.  Women, money and retirement [Forbes]

Women and Non Traditional Careers

Summer camp introduces girls to manufacturing [New York Times]

Cokie and Steve Roberts: Girls needed to solve US scientist shortage [Billings Gazette]

When romance is brewing, women lose interest in STEM studies?!  [Inside Higher Ed]

Women Veterans

Time Magazine’s cover this week celebrates the New Greatest Generation: How Young War Veterans Are Defining Leadership at Home [Time]

Rise in homelessness for women vets tied to sexual abuse [Huffington Post]

Editorial: female veterans hidden among the homeless [Fayetteville Observer]

Women Veteran’s health research; a new frontier [Veterans Today]

New challenges face health care system treating women vets [Patch]

Odds and Ends

The constitutionality of equality for women (not!) [Marquette]

Advancing the lives of young women through mentoring [White House Blog]

Man will continue crusade against “ladies” nights [Las Vegas Sun]

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White House Council on Women and Girls Releases New Report

Posted by egehl on March 2, 2011

Yesterday the White House Council on Women and Girls held a conference call to discuss a report entitled Women in America  prepared for them by the Office of Management and Budget and the Economics and Statistics Administration within the Department of Commerce. 

This comprehensive report pulls together information from across the Federal statistical agencies to compile baseline information on how women are faring in the United States today and how these trends have changed over time.  The report provides a statistical portrait showing how women’s lives are evolving in five critical areas: People, Families, and Income; Education; Employment; Health; and Crime, Violence, and Criminal Justice. 

BPW Foundation was interested in learning about all of these areas, especially how the data pertains to women veterans.

Overall the report gives mixed news for women.  It shows that young women now are more likely than young men to have a bachelor’s or master’s degree, and the numbers of women and men in the labor force are almost equal.  Yet wages and income for women remain inequitable.  At all levels of education, women earned about 75 percent of what their male counterparts earned in 2009.  Among the health findings, women still live longer than men, but the gap is closing as women are more likely to face certain health problems, such as mobility impairment, arthritis, asthma, depression and obesity.

This report gives a significant overview of women’s lives today.  The facts help paint a picture of how women are changing over time and the current challenges they are facing.  It is important that as a country we gain a better understanding of women’s social, health and economic well-being so that public policies can be reflective of these needs and changes.  Moving forward this report will be a useful tool in helping stakeholders with a vested interest in women make more sound decisions. 

To see the full report visit the White House Council on Women and Girls website

Here are some of the interesting statistics included in the report about all women, including women veterans:

  • Women are marrying later and have fewer children than in the past.
  • Although more adult women live in married-couple families than in any other living arrangement, an ever-growing number of women are raising children without a spouse. 
  • More women are remaining childless, although eight out of ten adult women have children.
  • Because women live longer, women continue to outnumber men at older ages. 
  • Women are more likely to live in poverty than are adult men.
  • Women’s gains in educational attainment have significantly outpaced those of men over the last 40 years.  Today, younger women are more likely to graduate from college than are men and are more likely to hold a graduate school degree.  Higher percentages of women than men have at least a high school education, and higher percentages of women than men participate in adult education.
  • Female students are less well represented than men in science and technology-related fields, which typically lead to higher paying occupations.
  • The participation of women in the workforce rose dramatically through the mid-1990s, but has been relatively constant since then. 
  • Despite their gains in labor market experience and in education, women still earn less than men. 
  • Because women earn less and because two-earner households have higher earnings, families headed by women have far less income than do married-couple families.
  • Women are disproportionately more likely than men to be affected by certain critical health problems, including mobility impairments, chronic health conditions such as asthma, arthritis, or depression.  Women are less likely to be physically active and are more likely to be obese.
  • Women generally use the health care system and preventive care more than men, but many women still do not receive recommended preventive care such as pap smears or flu vaccinations.
  • Attacks on women by their intimate partners have fallen since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, although women are still much more likely to be victimized and injured by this type of violence than are men.  

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