Monday, March 26, 2012

What the Census Bureau numbers tell us about ourselves: $36,931 in annual earnings

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, March is Women’s History Month.
The roots of a national women's history month, surprisingly go back to 1857, when women in New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s History Week, set for the second week in March. Later, Congress expanded the week to a month.Here's what the Census Bureau can tell us about ourselves.
- There are 157.0 million women living in the U.S. according to the 2010 census. That compares with 151.8 million males. However, at 85 and older, there were more than twice as many women as men.
Marriage and motherhood
- Many of us are mothers with an estimated 85.4 million women who were mothers as of 2009.
otherhood We produce an average of 2.3 children, down from 3.4 children in 1976, the year the Census Bureau began keeping such data. The percentage of women giving birth was 81 percent in 2010, down from 90 percent in 1976.
- Last year there were 64.9 million women 18 and older who were married. The number includes those who were separated or had an absent spouse).
- Number of stay-at-home mothers nationwide in 2010? Five million.
- In 2010, there were 30.7 million women age 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or more, higher than the corresponding number for men (29.2 million). Women had a larger share of high school diplomas (including equivalents), as well as associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. More men than women had a professional or doctoral degree. In the fall of 2010, 11.3 million women were enrolled in college.
On the job
About 71.9 million owmen 16 and older were participating in the labor force, representing about 58.6 percent of the total 16-and-over female population. Of those women 15 and older who worked year-round, full-time in 2010, their annual earnings totaled $36,931. That was unchanged from 2009.
Women-owned businessesThere were 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. in 2007, according to the Census Bureau generating $1.2 trillion in revneue. Those businesses employed 7.5 million workers. Top business categories included repair and maintenance businesses, personal and laundry services, health care and social assitance. Women-owned businesses accounted for 52 percent of all businesses operating in the health care and social assistance sector.
There were four states with at least 500,000 women-owned businesses in 2007. They were California, Texas, New York and Florida. California had 1 million women-owned businesses, Texas had 609,947 or 7.8 percent of all women-owned businesses in the United States, New York had 594,517 or 7.6 percent, and Florida had 581,045, or 7.4 percent.
Who votes?
Only 46.2 percent of all eligible women 18 and older voted in the last Congressional election. Forty-five percent of their male counterparts cast a ballot. Sixty-six percent of female citizens said they were registered voters.
Serving our country
In 2010, a total of 205,500 women were on active duty in some branch of the U.S. militry. Of those, 38,700 were officers and 166,800 were enlisted.
Here's to all the women who are making a difference in the world through their skills and intelligence as mothers, business owners, community leaders, employees and military personnel.
I believe that when women are involved, problems get solved, issues are resolved and people work harder to get along with each other. - Julia                                                                                               

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