Gender inequality in the United States

Statistics report on gender inequality in the United States

Gender inequality in the United States

This report presents statistics and facts on gender inequality in the United States. The report begins by presenting population-based demographics to highlight continuing gender differences and disparities, providing further detail on educational attainment trends for men and women, from high school to higher education, and revealing ongoing inequalities in income, earnings, and employment. The report then outlines women's presence and participation in American politics, followed by a section depicting how gender still plays a significant role in family and childcare arrangements. Ultimately, this report concludes by revealing controversial opinions of the American public themselves, demonstrating how gender divides the nation by more than just demographics.

Table of contents


  • Basic Statistic The global gender gap index 2023
  • Basic Statistic U.S. population by sex 1980-2022
  • Basic Statistic Life expectancy at birth, by race, Hispanic origin and sex U.S. 2020
  • Basic Statistic Marital status of the U.S. population 2022, by sex
  • Premium Statistic U.S. labor force participation rate 2023, by age and sex
  • Basic Statistic U.S. female to male earnings ratio 1990-2022
  • Premium Statistic Number of hate crime incidents U.S. 2022, by bias motivation

Educational attainment

  • Basic Statistic Percentage of U.S. population who have completed high school or more 1960-2022
  • Premium Statistic Enrollment/projections in U.S. 4-year postsecondary institutions 1970-2031, by gender
  • Basic Statistic Percentage of the U.S. population with a college degree, by gender 1940-2022
  • Basic Statistic Associate's degrees earned in the United States 1970-2032, by gender
  • Basic Statistic Bachelor's degrees earned in the United States by gender 1950-2032
  • Basic Statistic Master's degrees earned in the United States 1950-2032, by gender
  • Basic Statistic Doctoral degrees earned in the United States 1950-2032, by gender
  • Premium Statistic U.S.: barriers to enrollment in higher education for unenrolled men and women 2022

Income and employment

  • Basic Statistic U.S. full-time and part-time workers 1990-2022, by gender
  • Basic Statistic U.S. wage and salary workers: weekly earnings by gender and ethnicity 2023
  • Basic Statistic U.S. weekly earnings by education and gender Q1 2024
  • Premium Statistic U.S. gender pay gap by state 2022
  • Premium Statistic U.S. women's median earnings as a share of men's earnings 1982-2022
  • Basic Statistic U.S. gender wage gap, by industry 2021
  • Basic Statistic U.S. gender wage gap within the most common occupations for women 2021
  • Basic Statistic U.S. minimum wage workers 1980-2022, by gender
  • Premium Statistic U.S. employment rate disabled persons 2023, by gender

Power and politics

  • Premium Statistic Share of female leaders in the United States, by position in 2023
  • Premium Statistic Share of women working in the highest-paying occupations U.S. 2021
  • Premium Statistic Women in senior roles in the financial services sector in the U.S. 2021-2030
  • Premium Statistic U.S. presidential candidates who were women 1872-2024
  • Premium Statistic U.S. share of women in Congress1971-2023
  • Premium Statistic U.S. Cabinet and Cabinet-level positions held by women 1963-2021
  • Premium Statistic U.S. House of Representatives share of women 1965-2023
  • Premium Statistic U.S. women in the Senate 1979 -2023, by party

Family and childcare

  • Basic Statistic U.S. family households with children, by family type 1970-2022
  • Premium Statistic U.S. share of children under 6 with all parents working 2021, by state
  • Premium Statistic Pressures faced by employed parents in the U.S. in 2022, by gender
  • Premium Statistic Average weekly hours spent on various leisure activities by working couples U.S. 2022
  • Basic Statistic Number of U.S. children living in a single parent family 1970-2023
  • Premium Statistic U.S. number of families with single mothers living below poverty line 1990-2022
  • Basic Statistic U.S. number of single fathers below the poverty line 1990-2022

Public opinion

  • Premium Statistic U.S. beliefs on how being a man or a woman affects one's ability to get ahead 2023
  • Premium Statistic Perceived discrimination levels of different groups in the U.S. 2021
  • Premium Statistic U.S. beliefs on which societal groups face discrimination 2021, by party
  • Premium Statistic U.S. beliefs on why there are fewer women than men in high political offices 2023
  • Premium Statistic U.S. adults on the reason women earn less than men 2022
  • Premium Statistic U.S. reasons for supporting the #MeToo movement 2022
  • Premium Statistic Opinions on various aspects of being a woman in United States 2021, by gender
  • Premium Statistic Stereotypes about women among the G7 countries 2021

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