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Happy Women’s History Month

Facts and figures about American women
  • March 04 2012

March is National Women’s History Month—including International Women’s Day on March 8. Here are some key statistics from the Census Bureau about American women:


157.0 million – The number of females in the United States according to the 2010 Census. The number of males was 151.8 million. At age 85 and older, there are more than twice as many women as men.


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


2.3 – Average number of children that women 40 to 44 had given birth to as of 2008, down from 3.4 children in 1976, the year the Census Bureau began collecting such data. The percentage of women in this age group who had given birth was 81 percent in 2010, down from 90 percent in 1976.


$36,931 – The median annual earnings of women 15 or older who worked year-round, full time, in 2010.


58.6 percent – Percentage of females 16 and older who participated in the labor force, representing about 71.9 million women, in 2010.


40.6 percent – Percent of employed females 16 and older who worked in management, professional and related occupations, compared to 34.2 percent of employed males.


30.7 million – The number of women 25 and older with a bachelor's degree or higher in 2010; that’s 1.5 million more than corresponding 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.


11.3 million – The number of college students in fall 2010 who were women.


$1.2 trillion – Revenue for women-owned businesses in 2007.


7.8 million – The number of women-owned businesses in 2007.


46.2 percent – Percentage of female citizens 18 and older who reported voting in the 2010 congressional election. Additionally, 66.6 percent of female citizens reported being registered to vote.


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