International Women’s Day

One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.
–Marlo Thomas, actress/activist

According to the U.S. Census:

MORE WOMEN IN U.S. THAN MEN.
155.8 million females in the United States as of Oct. 1, 2009. The number of males was 151.8 million.

WOMEN ARE MORE EDUCATED THAN MEN.
29.4 million women 25 and older hold a bachelor’s degree or more education in 2008, higher than the corresponding number for men (28.4 million). Women had a larger share of high school diplomas, as well as associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. More men than women had a professional or doctoral degree.

WOMEN MAKE LESS MONEY THAN MEN.
$35,745= The median annual earnings of women 15 or older who worked year-round, full time, in 2008, down from $36,451 in 2007 (after adjusting for inflation). Women earned 77 cents for every $1 earned by men.

MORE WOMEN VOTE, YET ARE LESS REPRESENTED IN CONGRESS.
66% of female citizens 18 and older who reported voting in the 2008 Presidential election. Sixty-two percent of their male counterparts cast a ballot. Additionally, 73 percent of female citizens reported being registered to vote.

from The Center for Women in Politics:

Women hold 90, or 16.8%, of the 535 seats in the 111th US Congress – 17, or 17.0%, of the 100 seats in the Senate and 73, or 16.8%, of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives.

72 women hold statewide elective executive offices across the country; women hold 22.9% of the 315 available positions. Among these women, 50 are Democrats, 21 are Republicans, one is an independent, and 1 was elected in a nonpartisan race.

INTERESTING PIECES TO READ:

Woman in Saudi Arabia sentenced to 300 lashes and 1 ½ years in jail for appearing in public without a male chaperone.
Business Week

Nicholas Kristof
New York Times
Childhood marriage

The Woman Behind “My Sharona”
NPR

Women’s Lives at the Heart of Our Collection of Programmes
BBC

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