Women’s History Month: US Census Facts

 
03/01/2019

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This is Women’s History Month—a time to recognize the often overlooked vision, courage, and accomplishments of the nation’s women. One example is Clara Barton, who ministered to wounded soldiers in the Civil War and went on to found the American Red Cross. Another is actress Hedy Lamarr, an Austrian immigrant who became a pioneer in technology leading to today’s cell phones.

US Census women's history 2019The roots of National Women’s History Month go back to March 8, 1857, when women from various New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. The first Women’s Day Celebration in the United States was also in New York City in 1909, but congress did not establish National Women’s History Week until 1981, to be commemorated annually the second week of March. In 1987, congress expanded the week to a month.

Every year since, congress has passed a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the president has issued a proclamation.
 
Profile America Facts for Features consist of collections of statistics from the Census Bureau’s demographic and economic subject areas pertaining to holidays, anniversaries, observances, or topics in the news.
 
The following facts are made possible by the invaluable responses to the United States Census Bureau’s surveys. We appreciate the public’s cooperation as we continuously measure America’s people, places, and economy. Every year, the Census Bureau contacts over 3.5 million households across the country to participate in the American Community Survey, the premier source for population and housing information.
 
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The number of females in the United States as of July 2017 was 165.3 million. The number of males was 160.4 million. Source: Vintage 2017 Population Estimates.
 
The approximate ratio by which women age 85 and older outnumbered men in 2017 was 2 to 1 (4.2 million to 2.3 million). Source: Vintage 2017 Population Estimates.
 
In recent years, women have excelled in educational attainment. Fifty years ago, men received over 62 percent of all college degrees. Today, over 26 million women hold bachelor's degrees, while the figure for men is about 23.2 million. Women also lead in master’s degrees, with 11.7 million having that distinction. Source: 2018 Educational Attainment.
 
Among the 18.2 million military veterans in America, approximately 1 in 12 are women (1.6 million women compared to 16.6 million men). Source: 2017 American Community Survey.
 
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