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Women's History Month

Taking a month to celebrate the contributions & history women have made around the world

Why Do we Need a Month for Women's History?

Each time a girl opens a book and reads a womanless history, she learns she is worth less.  ~ Myra Pollack Sadker

Dr. Sadker (1943-1995) pioneered much of the research documenting gender bias in America's schools. From grade school through graduate school, from inner city to rural towns, she uncovered not only blatant gender discrimination in textbooks and sports funding, but also subtle patterns of inequities that shaped the lives of girls and boys.  For more information please visit www.sadker.org

 

Pay Equity and Discrimination (Gender Pay Gap)

In 2014, female full-time workers made only .79 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 21 percent.

http://www.iwpr.org/initiatives/pay-equity-and-discrimination

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/equal_pay_issue_brief_final.pdf

 

Gender Pay Gap Between Men and Women and Women of Color

https://onlinepsych.pepperdine.edu/blog/take-a-hammer-to-the-glass-ceiling/

 

There's Even a Pay Gap 10 Years After Graduating from an Elite College

Women who enrolled at elite colleges are making less than their male counterparts after ten years in the workplace.  The gap is largest at M.I.T.: $58,500

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/14/upshot/gaps-in-alumni-earnings-stand-out-in-release-of-college-data.html?WT.mc_id=2015-SEPTEMBER-FB-GY-AUD_DEV-0901-0930&WT.mc_ev=click&ad-keywords=AUDDEVREMARK&_r=2

Only 19.4% of Women Hold Seats in the United States Congress

Yet, women make up 51% of the population in the U.S.

http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/women-us-congress-2015

On the Fortune 500 List, Only 24 Women are CEOs

And Fortune calls that a "Historic High"

http://fortune.com/2014/06/03/number-of-fortune-500-women-ceos-reaches-historic-high/

 

Sexual Assault

1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape).

17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.

https://rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims

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