Women In America
The number of females in the United States according to the 2010 Census is 157.0 million. The number of males was 151.8 million.
Source: Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010
Women’s votes made the difference in the outcomes of several high-profile races that helped Democrats retain control of the U.S. Senate, according to an analysis of Edison Research exit polls conducted by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University.
Women in the 12 key swing states have starkly different responses from men when asked in an open-ended format to name the most important issues for their gender in the 2012 election. A plurality of female registered voters offered abortion (39%) as the most important issue for women, followed by jobs, healthcare, the economy, and equal rights. In contrast, men see jobs (38%) and the economy (37%) as the two most important issues facing men. Gallop Polling
99 female members of Congress overall, out of 535 members. That’s only 18.5% of Congress. National Women’s Political Caucus
Women still make 77 cents to a man’s dollar. 1 in 5 college women will experience sexual assault. Company’s can deny birth control coverage to women. 2/3rd of minimum wage workers are women. The U.S. is one of 3 industrialized countries with no paid maternity leave and States have passed more abortion restrictions in the last 3 years than in the 10 years before. Women are still getting fired for being pregnant. Child care can cost more than college tuition in 36 states. And twice as many women as men over 65 live in poverty. National Women’s Law Center
Women are more likely to be head of households and not because they are single mothers. But single parent households, are more likely to live in poverty, especially if the parent is a mother.
So women make up 51% of the population, but have only 18% of the representation in national office. And less than that in State and Local office. Leaving the issues of being in control of your own body, equality in pay and services and women in poverty are left to men who don’t seem to understand the issues important to us. If every woman eligible to vote would register and get out to the poles, the issues important to us will be represented in our political discourse.
Women are the only ones who can make a difference in the issues important to us. Get out and vote in EVERY election, no matter how small. Don’t leave your vote to once every four years. More decisions about your life are made in state races, including mid-term elections like the one coming up on November 4th, 2014. So Get Our And Vote!
Resources For Women Voters
- Center for American Women and Politics – Rutgers University
- National Women’s Political Caucus – NWPC
- Women & Politics Institute – School of Public Affairs at American University
- UN Women – United Nations
- National Council of Women’s Organizations – NCWO