How are we doing, ladies?
We’ll find out tomorrow with the release of regional data for the “Status of Women in N.C.” report tomorrow at a Greenville event hosted by the N.C. Council for Women.
Cynthia Hess, of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, will be presenting her research on how women are faring in the state in the eastern part of the state in terms of health, education and family issues. You can read her research here.
Here are some of the findings:
- Women are an equal or the only breadwinner in four out of 10 families with children in the home.
- We (women) voted at higher rates in 2008 and 2010, but only hold 10 percent of the seats in the state Senate, and 29 percent in the N.C. House of Representatives.
- One-fifth of women in N.C. from age 18 to 64 lack health insurance. Only half of immigrant women have coverage.
- Teen pregnancy has taken a considerable downturn, with 49.7 pregnancies out of every 1,000 teenage girls 15 to 19 in 2010, compared to 76.1 pregnancies for every 1,000 teen girls in 2000.
- Women over 25 in North Carolina tend to have higher education levels than men of the same age, and 27 percent of us have bachelor’s degrees.
A discussion about how women are doing will be held at a public event at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Sheppard Memorial Library, 530 Evans St. in Greenville. Hess’ presentation will also be streamed over the web at the Council for Women website here.
We’ll have an update here at N.C. Policy Watch.
In the meantime, how do you think women are doing?
What types of policies should we have, and what advances do you think women in the state need?