My friend Marion did a little research to see how women are standing in this country. Here are the statistics she found and resources she used.
1. MONEY: Women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. Wage equality has not been achieved 45 years after the Equal Pay Act.
2. WORK: Women are 47% of the labor force.
3. EDUCATION: Women were NOT allowed to attend college until 1833. While women now outnumber men in college, they earn less in the workplace.
4. HEALTH INSURANCE: From 1980 to 2005 health insurance coverage has fallen for both men and women. By 2007, 43 Million Americans had no health insurance.
5. HEALTH: Not until 1973 did women have their own reproductive rights. Before 1991, many prescription drugs were not widely tested on women.
6. CREDIT: Until 1974, a woman had no right to credit in her own name. A woman could not borrow for a car, home or other property without the signature of a man.
7. RETIREMENT: Women’s median Social Security is 70% of men’s. The overall value of women’s pensions is 50% that of men’s.
8. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Nearly 5.3 Million intimate partner victimizations occur yearly among women 18 and older. Violence results in nearly 2 Million injuries and 1,300 deaths.
9. RIGHT TO VOTE: For 219 years White Men have been granted the vote -- Women for the past 88 years. [Voting Rights: White men: 1789. Black men: 1870. Women: 1920. Native Americans: 1924.]
FACTS: 1. U. S. Census, 2007; Equal Pay Act 1963; 2. U. S. Department of Labor, 2007; 3. Oberlin College became coeducational in 1833; U. S. Department of Labor 2005; 4. U. S. Census 2005; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007; 5. U. S. Supreme Court, Roe v Wade; National Institutes of Health; 6. Equal Credit Opportunity Act, U. S. Department of Justice; 7. U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO); 8. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Center for Disease Control and Prevention; 10. U.S. Constitution.
America and American women have come far.
We need to keep moving forward.
A vote for Democrats is a vote for women and men.