Archive for Women

Women in Congress: Statistics and Serving History

There have been 365 women elected to Congress since 1917. These two 2019 reports from CRS will provide apposite information: Women in Congress: Statistics and Brief Overview and Women in Congress, 1917-2019; the latter report details committee memberships in its 120 pages. See on what committees AOC is serving. Additional biographical information can be garnered from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

 

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What Women Earned in 2017

This Census Bureau graphic presents median income  for various occupations. Compare the Institute for Women’s Policy Research presentation that also includes income levels for men; the gender pay gap, unfortunately, is still all too real.

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African American Women Writers During the Civil War Era

From autobiographies to speeches to novels, this Library of Congress site features full text writings by a number of African American women. Various editions of the same work, where available, are included as well as photographs/drawings of the authors in question. A unique and valuable site.

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Obituaries of Women Who Should Have Been in “The New York Times”

The number of incredible women who are not in The New York Times is staggering; it has been the preserve of dead white men for decades. To slightly correct this imbalance, fifteen obits have been initially crafted by the writers of this newspaper. Figures range from the intrepid reporter Ida B. Wells to the novelist Charlotte Bronte. This new obituary section is labeled Overlooked, and it will be updated with many more additions over time.

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International Women’s Day: Some Sites

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Women in the Labor Force: 2015 Databook

This report is replete with statistical and graphical information on the current status of women in the workplace. From educational attainment to job status, this valuable, updated tool provides a plethora of data. Here are World Bank figures on labor force participation by women throughout the world.

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Facts and Figures for Women’s History Month

Data and their sources as published via the Census Bureau. Also consult the 2014 edition of Women in the Labor Force.

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Lack of Women in Leadership Positions in Fortune 1000 Companies

If the proportion of women in Congress is pitifully low, then the absence of women CEOs is pathetic. According to Catalyst, women hold only a little over 5% of CEO positions. The list is arranged by the size of the company with a link to company-supplied biographies. These readings can inform the conversation: Women CEOs: Why So Few (HBR); Lack of female CEOs: Not just problem for women (CNN);Why Most Women Will Never Become CEO (Forbes); Advancing Women in Business Leadership (George Washington University); Women on Boards (Lord Davies Commission, UK); and The Glass Precipice (The Economist).

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Women in Legislatures Around the World

Did you know that out of 189 countries surveyed by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the United States is tied at 85 with San Marino for the percentage of women that serve in Congress? We are beaten by Burkina Faso, Moldova, and Slovakia, among others. You can also find the data arranged by region and world statistics as well as by parliamentary assemblies; additional material back to 1997 is also online. More in-depth treatment of both current and past Congresswomen can be found at Women in Congress from the House of Representatives; statistical information can be found in this 2014 CRS report – Women in the United States Congress: Historical Overview, Tables, and Discussion.

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Women as Authors of Scholarly Papers, 1665-2010

The Chronicle of Higher Education presents interactive data tracing the publishing patterns of women in academe. Not surprisingly, women’s contributions to the scholarly dialog are markedly different from their male colleagues. The information is broken down into 1800 fields and subfields of inquiry and is sortable by whether women are first authors or not, and by broad time period. According to the analysis, there are two million academic authors identified as women since 1665.

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What Countries’ Constitutions Guarantee Equality for Women?

Given that the United States seems incapable of securing equal rights for women in its governing documents (read this informative overview , consult this timeline, and read the Declaration of Sentiments), do not be surprised that we did not make this list from the Law Library of Congress.  But Angola made the list, as did Turkey, Albania, and Macedonia to name a few. Each of the countries has equality or non-discrimination provisions built into its constitution; many have both types of provisions spelled out. Every year, the Equal Rights Amendment is re-introduced to Congress; the last time in 2011, it was sponsored by New Jersey’s own Senator Robert Menendez.

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Amelia Earhart Online Collection

With Amelia Earhart recently back in the news, we recommend a virtual trip to this site – George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers – containing as it does over 3500 items from letters to telegrams to newspaper clippings ranging from 1897 to 1971. You can search via material type, full text, subject, or date. The site also includes a biography, links to other Earhart sites, and a select bibliography. If you are interested, please read her The fun of it : random records of my own flying and of women in aviation published in 1932.

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Statistics on America’s Women Veterans

There are 1.5 million female veterans in this country and Puerto Rico according to this report – America’s Women Veterans. Demographic and socioeconomic breakdowns are enumerated as is their utilization of VA services.

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Sexual Violence is Widespread in the United States

Here are some frightening statistics from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey conducted in 2010 with 16,500 subjects via telephone interviews of about half an hour: 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetime; 1.3 million women were raped during the year previous to this survey;  1 in 6 women have been stalked in their lifetime; and 1 out of 4 women have been the victims of severe physical abuse by an intimate partner. Men, as well, reported being raped, stalked, or abused. This is the first year this survey was conducted and the results will serve as a foundation for subsequent surveys. This report also has tables that are broken down by state. Additional information is at the CDC”s Violence Prevention page. Reportage is availabe from The New York Times, BBC, Los Angeles Times, and  The Washington Post.

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Women and Their Economic Rights Under the Law: An International Perspective

The Gender Law Library from the World Bank has gathered thousands of legal documents that stipulate what rights women have in the economic sphere. The texts include treaties, statutes, constitutional articles, decrees and regulations from 183 countries ranging from topics such as working hours to parental benefits to inheritance rights. Most, but not all, the documents are in English. Of course, being a legal resource, some disclaimers are present:  “We update the collection regularly but do not guarantee that laws are the most recent version, nor is the library exhaustive. Translations are not official unless indicated.” Other resources include: Women & International Law (American Society for International Law); Women’s Rights (Human Rights Watch); Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and the Global Legal Information Network (Law Library of Congress).

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Women in Congress, 1917-2012

This CRS report – Women in Congress, 1917-2012 – traces the participation of women in both the House and the Senate. So far, 278 women have served in these bodies. This 100+ page report lists women by Congress as well as by the state they represent; it also contains an alphabetical list of their committee assignments. Additional information is contained in very informatve notes. This entry can be supplemented by the impressive House site – Women in Congress– which also provides current as well as historical information and essays.

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Translations of pre-1700 Women Authors

This site, Other Women’s Voices, guides the reader to sites providing substantial English translations of approximately 125 women authors ranging from 2300BCE to around 1700. The translations are in modern English which adds to this site’s utility, and each entry is accompanied by biographical information.  You can search chronologically or alphabetically. Obviously a labor of love.

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