February 22, 2021
In August, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. With Women’s History Month, March brings another opportunity to reflect on the contributions and status of women in America today. These 10 facts offer a snapshot of life for women, based on data from the Pew Research Center, the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Department of Defense.
This is a drop from 2009, when 80% of women and 73% of men in the U.S. identified as Christian. Learn more.
In comparison, 18% of working men were laid off during this same period. Learn more.
1982 was the first year in which women earned more than half of the bachelor’s degrees awarded. Learn more.
Yet women made up 76% of the entire health care workforce in 2017, dominating in fields such as nursing, home health, dental assistance, speech pathology, and occupational therapy. Learn more here and here.
As of January 2021, there were 120 women in the House, including both voting and nonvoting members, and 24 women in the Senate. Learn more.