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Profile America Facts for Features: Women’s History Month: March 2014

National Women’s History Month’s roots go back to March 8, 1857, when women from 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 to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the President has issued a proclamation.


161 million    


The number of females in the U.S. as of December 2013. The number of males was 156.1 million. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Monthly Postcensal Resident Population: 7/1/2013 – 12/1/2013 <http://www.census.gov/popest/data/national/asrh/2012/2012-nat-res.html>


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At 85 and older, the approximate ratio by which women outnumbered men in 2012 (3.9 million to 2.0 million). Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates <http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=PEP_2012_PEPAGESEX&prodType=table>




75 million


The number of females 16 and older who participated in the labor force in 2012. Women comprised 47.2 percent of the labor force in 2012. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, DP03 <http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/DP03>




Percent of employed females 16 and over in 2012 (annual average) who worked in management, professional and related occupations, compared with 34.7 percent of employed males in the same year (annual average). Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey <http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat09.htm>



1.6 million


Number of female veterans in the United States in 2012. Source: 2012 American Community Survey <http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/B21001/0100000US>






The median annual earnings of women 15 or older who worked year-round, full time in 2012. In comparison, the median annual earnings of men were $49,398. Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012, Page 7. <http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p60-245.pdf>




The amount that female year-round, full time workers earned in 2012 for every dollar their male counterparts earned. This ratio was statistically unchanged from 2011. Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012, Page 11. <http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p60-245.pdf>



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