Women - Statistics & Facts

Over the last few years, the number of residents in the United States has been increasing steadily, with women continually having a slight majority over men. The number of employed women in the States has also shown a general upwards trend as well, in full-time as well as in part-time employment. Additionally, the Western world is largely in agreement about the equality of the sexes and equal rights for women.

However, equality for women has not yet been achieved completely. In 2017, almost half of all surveyed women worldwide stated they do not believe that they have full equality with men yet; when it comes to their careers, for example, many women still feel that gender discrimination hinders them, as a survey among women working in the male-dominated STEM professions showed recently.

One indicator of gender equality is the gender pay gap, which defines the difference between wages for men and women doing the same job. In 2016, the gender pay gap in the United States was still very noticeable, with women earning less than men, regardless of whether or not they worked in male-dominated occupations; the gender pay gap is obvious in statistics on the most common occupations for men, as well as in statistics on the most common occupations for women. Globally speaking, the United States ranks quite highly on the Gender Gap Index, but still numerous countries across the world scored higher.

Feminism - the social and political movement seeking to establish gender equality in all areas - has been gaining traction in recent years, with more than 60 percent of Americans identifying as feminists today. Especially younger generations follow this notion: During a recent survey, half of all surveyed Millennials in the U.S. stated they support feminism.

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