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Women's History Month (March)

In 1981, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution establishing National Women's History Week.
The week was chosen to coincide with International Women's Day, March 8. In 1987,
Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution
for Women's History Month, and the U.S. president has issued a proclamation.

147.8 million
The number of females in the United States as of July 1, 2003. That exceeds the number of males
(143.0 million). Males outnumber females in every five-year-age group through the 35 to 39 age group.
Starting with the 40 to 44 age group, women outnumber men. At 85 and over, there are more than
twice as many women as men.
http://www.census.gov/popest/national/asrh/NC-EST2003/NC-EST2003-01.pdf

82.5 million
Estimated number of mothers of all ages in the United States.
(From unpublished data.)

Education
31%
Percent of women ages 25 to 29 years who had attained a bachelor's degree or higher in 2003,
which exceeded that of men in this age range (26percent). Eighty-eight percent of young women
and 85 percent of young men had completed high school. The last year young women and men had
equal rates of high school and college attainment was 1995.
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/001863.html

774,000
The projected number of bachelor's degrees that will be awarded to women in the 2004-05
school year; women also are projected to earn 293,000 master's degrees in the 2004-05 school year.
Women would, therefore, earn 57 percent of the bachelor's and 58 percent of the master's degrees
awarded during this school year. (These two percentages are not significantly different from one another.)
http://nces.ed.gov/programs/projections/tables/table_27.asp
http://nces.ed.gov/programs/projections/tables/table_28.asp

85%
Percent of women age 25 and over who have completed high school. For the second year in a row,
women have had a higher rate of high school completion than men (84 percent).
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/001863.html

26%
Percent of women who have obtained a bachelor's degree. This rate has increased nearly 7 percentage
points in the past decade.
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/001863.html

Sports and Recreation
2.9 million
Number of females who participated in high school athletic programs in the 2002-03 school year.
In the 1972-73 school year, only 800,000 females were members of a high school athletic team.
http://www.census.gov/prod/www/statistical-abstract-04.html
Table 1243 of the Statistical Abstract of the United States 2004-2005.

Jobs
60%
Percent of women 16 and over who participated in the workforce in 2003.
Men in this age range had a participation rate of 74 percent.
http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat2.pdf

34%
Percent of women 16 and over who work in professional specialty or executive, administrative
and managerial jobs, compared with 30 percent of men.
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/women/000819.html

20.3 million
Number of female workers in education, health and social services industries.
More women work in this industry group than in any other.
http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DatasetMainPageServlet?_program=ACS&_lang=en&_ts=98617243523

Earnings
$30,724
The median annual earnings of women ages 15 and older who work full time, year-round.
After adjusting for inflation, earnings for these women declined by 0.6 percent between
2002 and 2003 - their first annual decline since 1995.
http://www.census.gov/Press-release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth/002484.html

76 cents
The amount women, who worked full time, year-round, earned for every $1 their male
counterparts earned. This amount is down from 77 cents for every dollar in 2002.
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth/002484.html

$2.9 million
Estimated work-life earnings of women with a professional degree (i.e., medical, law, dental
or veterinarian) who work full time, year-round. For women, like men, more education means
higher career earnings. It is estimated that women without a high school diploma would earn
$700,000 during their work lives, increasing to $1 million if they had a high school diploma
and $1.6 million if they had a bachelor's degree.
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/000311.html

Military
215,243
Total number of active duty women in the military, compared to 1,219,134 men, in 2003.
Of that total, 34,796 women are officers, 178,428 are enlisted and 2,019 are enrolled in
military academies. http://web1.whs.osd.mil/mmid/military/rg0309f.pdf

1.7 million
The number of military veterans who are women.
http://www.census.gov/prod/www/statistical-abstract-04.html Table 512 of 2004-05 edition

16%
Percent of Persian Gulf War (1990-91) veterans who are women. In contrast, women
account for 5 percent of World War II vets, 3 percent of Vietnam vets and 2 percent of
Korean War vets. http://www.census.gov/prod/www/statistical-abstract-04.html Table 513

Motherhood
44%
Percent of all women of childbearing age (15 to 44 years old) who are childless. Seventy-one
percent of these childless women participated in the labor force.
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/fertility/001491.html

Marriage
62.9 million
Number of married women (including those who are separated or have an absent spouse).
There are 53.5 million unmarried (widowed, divorced or never married) women.
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/families_households/003118.html

54%
Percent of unmarried and single Americans who are women.
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/families_households/003118.html

29%
Percent of women in unmarried-partner households who have higher levels of education than
their partners; by comparison, 22 percent of married women have higher levels of education
than their husbands. Women in unmarried-partner households are also more likely than married
women to earn more than their partners. Twenty-three percent of women in unmarried-partner
households earn at least $5,000 more than their partners, compared with 17 percent
of married women.
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/families_households/003118.html
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