New census and research data gives insight into the changing lives of American women

The most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Pew Research reveals new insight into the lives of American women. According to their statistics and analysis:

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  • 26 percent of women say that every person has only one true love. 31 percent of men think that.
  • The approximate ratio by which women age 85 and older outnumbered men is two to one, 4.1 million to 2.1 million.
  • In 1960, women comprised only 33% of the U.S. labor force. By 2009, women had reached near parity with men (47% of the workforce).
  • The number of females age 16 and older who participate in the civilian labor force is now over 76 million. Women comprised 48 percent of the civilian labor force. Women’s representation in select occupations has changed considerably since 1970:
Percentage of females in jobs 1970 Now
Registered Nurses 97% 90%
Dental Assistants 98% 96%
Cashiers 84% 74%
Elementary Teachers 84% 79%
Pharmacists 12% 54%
Accountants 25% 60%
Computer Programmers 24% 24%
Physicians and Surgeons 10% 33%
Lawyers and Judges 5% 35%
Police Officers 4% 16%
Civil Engineers 1% 14%


14.2 % of women work in management, business and financial occupations compared to 15.8% of men.

Baby boomers grew up with stereotypical TV moms.

There are 1.6 million women military veterans in the United States.

Last year 9.7% of married couples had the wife earning at least $30,000 more than the husband.

The median annual earnings of women age 15 and older who worked full time, year-round in 2015 was $40,742.  In comparison, the median annual earnings of men were $51,212.

There are over 12.5 million women enrolled in undergraduate college and graduate school. They comprise 55.4 percent of all college students (undergraduate and graduate).

30.9 percent of women age 25 and older obtained a bachelor’s degree or more in 2015. The percentage of men age 25 and older who had obtained a bachelor’s degree or more was 30.3 percent.

There are now about 10 million women-owned firms in the United States. In 2007  it was 7.8 million. Over 38 percent of U.S. firms are owned by women.

There are about 44 million mothers ages 15 to 50 in the United States in 2014.

The 1960’s was a decade of paradigm busting.

The share of births to unmarried women has risen dramatically over the past half century, from 5% in 1960 to 41% in 2008. There are notable differences by race:  Among black women giving birth in 2008, 72% were unmarried.  This compares with 53% of Hispanic women giving birth and 29% of white women.

There are over 5 million stay-at-home mothers nationwide. This compares with 209,000 stay-at-home fathers.

Ages percent of population Male Female
0-14 years (18.84%) 31,182,660 29,854,687
15-24 (13.46%) 22,360,342 21,242,215
25-54 (39.6%) 64,170,791 64,135,619
55-64 (12.85%) 20,081,837 21,536,994
65+ (15.25%) 21,895,128 27,525,255

1 Comment on "New census and research data gives insight into the changing lives of American women"

  1. Vanessa Hersh | March 15, 2017 at 12:33 pm | Reply

    Seems like women are doing just fine in the work force. What’s all the marching about?

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