I was researching the gender pay gap recently and came across a fascinating interactive map explaining the status of women in the US, by state. It's interactive and easy to use. Simply hover over the state, and the statistics pop up.
The map is provided by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, a US-based think tank 'focusing on the quantitative and qualitative analysis of public policy through a gendered lens.'
I really love nothing more than analysis and a gendered lens. Seriously. In graduate school, my area of focus was WID/GAD (Women in Development/Gender and Development), and I couldn't get enough of the research, lessons learned, gaps in knowledge and otherwise fascinating offerings of so many classes. When I became a mother and quit my research job, I missed this aspect of my life immensley, but I also felt I had little capacity for digesting anything other than a JCrew catalogue during those early years of mothering.
As my children get older, I find that the area of my brain eager to digest a good interactive map on gender equality is hopping again.
The map looks at the following aspects of gender equality:
1. Employment & Earnings
2. Poverty & Opportunity
3. Work & Family
4. Violence & Safety
5. Reproductive Rights
6. Health & Wellbeing
7. Political Participation
Each state is given a score or ranking, depending on several factors. It really is interesting to see these issues from a national perspective. It surprised me at times. New Hampshire scores the highest in terms of women's political participation with a B+; Texas scores an F. Alaska gets a B- for poverty & opportunity; Arkansas gets an F.
Also, by clicking on an individual state, you can see the state's entire report card, including all of the areas explored. There is also a link to download each state's individual Fact Sheet.
As I am moving in a few months, I thought I'd check the scores of the two states I will inhabit in 2017: Arizona and North Carolina.
Arizona is rough. The highest grade it receives is a C for political participation. The lowest grade is a D for work & family.
North Carolina is roughly the same with a high mark of C+ for employment and earnings and a low grade of D+ for poverty & opportunity/health & wellbeing/work & family.
As you dig around and click links, the whole thing just gets more interesting. There are links to explain the data and actually show statistics (including reported cases of chlamydia and the percentage of students who have reported date-related violence).
It's a great way to spend a bit of time, and like all compelling reports, it leaves me with more questions than it does answers. I love it when that happens.
I hope everyone is having a lovely week.