Dot’s Reading Room: International Women’s Day

March 8, 2023
Dot's Reading Room by Dorothy Bergin

Dot looks at some key statistics about women, who make up more than one-half of our population.

The U.S. Census Bureau is a treasure trove of information about all aspects of American life.  In honor of International women’s Day – March 8- the Bureau has released facts on almost every aspect of women’s lives.  Here is a bit of history and a few significant statistics.  If you’re interested in more, just go to census.gov and you’ll be surprised at what you can find.

“National Women’s History Month was established by presidential proclamation in order to draw attention to and improve the focus on women in historical studies. It began in New York City on March 8, 1857, when female textile workers marched in protest of unfair working conditions and unequal rights for women. It was one of the first organized strikes by working women, during which they called for a shorter work day and decent wages. Also on March 8, in 1908, women workers in the needle trades marched through New York City’s Lower East Side to protest child labor, sweatshop working conditions, and demand women’s suffrage. Beginning in 1910, March 8 became annually observed as International Women’s Day. Women’s History Week was instituted in 1978 in an effort to begin adding women’s history into educational curricula. In 1987, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to include all of March as a celebration of the economic, political and social contributions of women.”

Did You Know? The number of females in the U.S. as of 2021 was 168 million; there were about 164 million males.  And yes, women do live longer. In 2021 the American Community Survey reveals there were about 1.6 million more females ages 85 and older (3.8 million in total) than males (2.2 million, total).

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And what about women in the workforce?  This graphic tells it all.

Change in Women's Participation in Selected Occupations Since 2000
[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

For International Women’s Day 2023 the campaign theme is #EmbraceEquity

“A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society’s DNA. And it’s critical to understand the difference between equity and equality…“The aim of the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme is to get the world talking about why equal opportunities aren’t enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action.” Read more about this here: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]
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James Bergin
March 9, 2023 8:42 am

The occupations chart indeed says it all.

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