The Women's Fund is a Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts

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Monitoring Women's Status:

Regional and State Status of Women

In order to understand our progress toward our goals, the Women’s Fund will also work with partners, including UMass Dartmouth’s Public Policy Center, to monitor women’s regional situation in terms of economic status as well as related measures like education and training, access to quality child care and the presence of policies that support women’s full participation in the workforce and living wage jobs.

INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN'S POLICY RESEARCH (IWPR) PARTNERSHIP THROUGH WOMEN'S FUNDING NETWORK

The Women's Fund reported locally:

IWPR REPORTS RELEASED

THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN THE STATES: 2015 EMPLOYMENT & EARNINGS

Women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, and their earnings are essential to the economic security of families across the nation. Yet, gender equality at work remains elusive. Women who work full-time, year-round still earn only 78 cents on the dollar compared with men, and during the last decade little improvement has been made in closing the gender wage gap. The glass ceiling persists, and occupational segregation—the concentration of women in some jobs and men in others—remains a stubborn feature of the U.S. labor market. These national trends show up in states across the nation. This report examines women’s earnings and the gender wage gap, women’s labor force participation, and the occupations and industries in which women work. It also considers areas where women have experienced progress toward gender equity in the workforce and places where progress has slowed or stalled. 

THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN THE STATES: 2015 POVERTY & OPPORTUNITY

This report is a part of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s series, The Status of Women in the States: 2015, which uses data from U.S. government and other sources to analyze women’s status in each state and the United States overall, to rank and grade states on a set of indicators for six topical areas, and to provide additional data on women’s social, economic, health, and political status in states across the nation. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research has published reports on the status of women in states and localities throughout the United States since 1996 covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The reports have been used to highlight women’s progress and the obstacles they continue to face and to encourage policy and programmatic changes that can improve women’s opportunities. Created in partnership with expert advisors, the reports have helped state and local partners educate the public on issues related to women’s well-being, inform policies and programs, make the case for establishing commissions for women, establish investment priorities, and inspire community efforts to strengthen area economies by increasing the participation of women and improving women's status. 

THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN THE STATES: 2015 REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

This report provides information on a range of policies related to women’s reproductive health and rights. It examines abortion, contraception, the access of individuals in same-sex couples to full parental rights, infertility, and sex education. It also presents data on fertility and natality—including infant mortality—and highlights disparities in women’s reproductive rights by race and ethnicity. In addition, the report examines recent shifts in federal and state policies related to reproductive rights. It explores the decision of some states to expand Medicaid coverage under the ACA, as well as state policies to extend eligibility for Medicaid family planning services. It also reviews the recognition of same-sex marriage in a growing majority of states across the nation (National Center for Lesbian Rights 2015)—a change that has profound implications for the ability of same-sex couples to create the families they desire. 

THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN THE STATES: 2015 HEALTH & WELL-BEING

This report provides data on women’s health status in the United States, beginning with a composite index of women’s health that includes nine indicators covering chronic disease, sexual health, mental health, and physical health. It analyzes data on additional aspects of women’s health,including behavioral measures such as smoking, exercise, and diet,and preventive health care measures such as mammograms, pap tests, and screenings for HIV. In addition, the report examines how women’s health status has improved or declined in these areas in recent years. It also notes places where women’s health status varies by race/ethnicity and age and examines the health status of those who identify as a sexual minority. 

THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN THE STATES: 2015 VIOLENCE & SAFETY

This report examines many of the major topics that advocates in this area have prioritized, including intimate partner violence and abuse, rape and sexual assault, stalking, workplace violence and sexual harassment, teen dating violence and bullying, gun violence, and human trafficking.