Women's and Gender Studies Stats and Facts
Gender and Politics
- The United States is 90th in the world in terms of women in national legislatures.
- Women hold 17%of the seats in the House of Representatives (the equivalent body in Rwanda is 56.3% female).
- Only 34 women have ever served as governors compared to 2319 men.
Gender and Business
- Women earn only 77.4 cents for each dollar a man makes doing the same job.
- Women hold only 3% of clout positions in the mainstream media.
- Women are merely 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs.
- Women comprise 7% of directors and 13% of film writers in the top 250 grossing films.
Gender and Education
- 56% of undergraduates are women, compared to 44% of men.
- Women have been earning more bachelor’s degrees than men since 1982 and they have been earning more master’s degrees than men since 1981.
Gender and The Body
- The number of cosmetic surgical procedures performed on youth 18 or younger more than tripled from 1997 to 2007.
- Liposuctions nearly quadrupled, and breast augmentations increased nearly six-fold in the same 10-year period.
- 53% of 13 year old girls are unhappy with their bodies. That number increases to 78% by age 17.
- 65% of American women and girls report disordered eating behaviors.
- Studies estimate that 13% to 25% of youth have some history of self-injury, such as cutting, and most studies show that cutting is more common with girls.
- 17% of teens engage in cutting and self-injurious behavior.
Gender and Violence
- About 25% of girls will experience teen dating violence.
- 25% of women are abused by a partner during their lifetime in the U.S.
- 1 in 6 women are survivors of rape or attempted rape.
- 15% of rape survivors are under the age of 12.
Gender and Risk
- The U.S. has the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the industrialized world—twice as high as the UK, 4 times as high as Germany, and 8 times as high as Japan.
- Rates of depression among women and young girls have doubled in the past ten years.
- Rates of depression are the same among boys and girls until puberty, but twice as many women are diagnosed as depressed post-puberty.
- While girls are twice as likely to think about suicide, boys are four times more likely to actually die from suicide.