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International Women’s Day Highlights the Lows and Highs of How Much Women have Achieved

LatinaLista — Today is International Women’s Day when mujeres of all ages are inspired to achieve all that they can be.

In fact, the whole month is known as Women’s History Month.

Some interesting facts to know about us (of course, for the hombres who are reading this since we already know this ;))

The U.S. Census tells us:

152 million
The number of females in the United States as of Nov. 1, 2006. That exceeds the number of males (148 million).

82.5 million
Estimated number of mothers of all ages in the United States.

The median annual earnings of women 16 or older who worked year-round, full time, in 2005. Women earned 77 cents for every $1 earned by men.

Median earnings of women working in computer and mathematical jobs, the highest for women among the 22 major occupational groups. Among these groups, community and social services was the only group where women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s earnings were higher than 90 percent.

Percent of women 25 to 29 who had attained a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2005, which exceeded that of men in this age range (25 percent). Eighty-seven percent of women and 85 percent of men in this same age range had completed high school.

The projected number of bachelor’s degrees that will be awarded to women in the 2006-07 school year. Women also are projected to earn 369,000 master’s degrees during this period. Women would, therefore, earn 58 percent of the bachelor’s and 61 percent of the master’s degrees awarded during this school year.

Nearly one in three women-owned firms operated in health care and social assistance, and other services such as personal services, and repair and maintenance. Women owned 72 percent of social assistance businesses and just over half of nursing and residential care facilities. Wholesale and retail trade accounted for 38.2 percent of women-owned business revenue.

Percentage of women citizens who reported voting in the 2004 presidential election, higher than the 62 percent of their male counterparts who cast a ballot.

Total number of active duty women in the military, as of Sept. 30, 2005. Of that total, 35,000 women were officers, and 168,000 were enlisted.

63 million
Number of married women (including those who are separated or have an absent spouse) in 2005. There are 55 million unmarried (widowed, divorced or never married) women. THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING STATISTIC!

Among those who purchased aerobic shoes in 2004, the proportion who were women. Women also comprised a majority (64 percent) of those who bought walking shoes.

Percentage of women who participated in gardening at least once in the past 12 months, compared with 37 percent of men. Women were also much more likely than men to have done charity work (32 percent versus 26 percent), attended arts and crafts fairs (39 percent versus 27 percent) and read literature (55 percent versus 38 percent).

In other words, we’ve come a long way but have a long way to go!

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