Sunday, March 8, 2009

Hey Ladies! It's YOUR Day.

March is "Women's Month", with March 8th the date set aside to honor women internationally.

I don't usually post stuff I've previously written, but this is a story I put in the senior's newsletter this month. Although the statistics are for the U.S., it's still interesting to see how roles continue to expand and sometimes reverse.

So women, I salute you. And guys, you might just want to call your Mom and tell her the good things you remember about what she's done for you.

March...when men's thoughts turn to basketball's "March Madness", the Irish celebrate St. Patty's Day and Daylight Savings Time returns. Those yearning for spring think about gardening while kids fly kites until the roaring wind dissolves into a gentle breeze.

But ladies, did you know that March is YOUR month?

National Women's History Month began March 8,1857 as a work condition protest by women in New York City factories. It’s evolved over the years from a day to the month of March. Other than the women in your family, what do you know about women’s contributions to society?
According to U.S. census statistics, in 2007 there were over 153 million women and 149 million men. Men outnumber women until the age of 42, when the statistic reverses. By the time they reach 85, women outnumber men 2 to 1.

As society changes, so does the rate women marry and have children. 62 million women are married, with 59 million widowed/divorced/never married. There are 82 million U.S. women who answer to "Mom", although the choice to become a mother later in life has changed the birthrate from 3 to 1.9 children. [Guess my height makes me a .9] In 1996 there were a million stay-at-home Moms. Ten years later there were 5.6 million. Even though 39% of women are considered "not employed", they still work taking care of children or others.

For employed women, 18% earn more than their husbands. Yet there’s still room for improvement in the workplace. In 2006, women earned 77 cents for every $1 earned by men. Why are things changing? Education. It’s the foundation for moving up the corporate ladder.
88% of women complete high school compared to 84% of men. 26 million women age 25+ have obtained a Bachelor's Degree, which is double the rate in 20 years and exceeds that of men their age. In 2008 women earned 380,000 Masters Degrees and represented the majority of students obtaining law or medical degrees.

With knowledge comes power. 22 million women work in education, health and social assistance industries, and outnumber men as tax preparers and travel agents. Their numbers are also rising in traditionally male occupations: 84,000 police officers, 9,000 firefighters, 315,000 lawyers, 278,000 physicians/surgeons and 37,000 pilots. In 1950 the military was less than 2% female. By 2008, 15% of active duty soldiers were women. 34,000 of that figure represents Officers. The number of female veterans rose to 1.7 million in 2008.

6.5 million women have turned their nurturing nature into self employment. They’ve hired 7 million people and brought in revenues totaling $939 Billion. Women operate 72% of social assistance programs and over half of nursing/residential care facilities. And yet, no matter what their work situation, 30% still make time to volunteer in unpaid positions.

Whether owning an advanced degree, a business or busy raising the next generation, women know the power of social change. And they use it. In 2004, 65% of women 18+ voted, compared to 62% of men.

Today is an excellent time to march up to the women who've made a difference in your life and say "Thank You!"


Susan said...

Ok.... THANK YOU!!


(but why couldn't we have had JULY for a month? nicer weather and all that?)

Poetikat said...

Well, my mother's coming for dinner, so I will have to thank HER for sure. Great post with lots of information.


Dave King said...

For once the sats were all encouraging.

Bonnie said...

Thought you might be interested in this, if you haven't already discovered it. Something for you and your seniors to do and have fun with some of the books in the library there at the center.

I've been having fun leaving books around and waiting to see if anyone will come and add a journal entry.

hope said...

Dave, with all the bad news in the world, it was nice to find at least one shining moment.

Bonnie...interesting. Heaven knows we've got books.