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Women by the Numbers

From the U.S. Census Bureau

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Find information on the status and achievements of American women, including population, earnings, motherhood, education, professions, and more in honor of Women's History Month.

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161 million

The number of females in the U.S. as of December 2013. The number of males was 156.1 million.

2 to 1

At 85 and older, the approximate ratio by which women outnumbered men in 2012 (3.9 million to 2.0 million).

Jobs

74.8 million

The number of females 16 and older who participated in the civilian labor force in 2012. Women comprised 47.4 percent of the civilian labor force in 2012.

41.6%

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).

Military

1.6 million

Number of female veterans in the United States in 2012.

Earnings

$37,791

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.

77c

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.

Education

11.3 million

Number of women college students in fall 2012. Women comprised 56.8 percent of all college students.

31.4

Percent of women 25 and older who had obtained a bachelor's degree or more as of 2012.

25%

Percentage of women 18 and older with an alternative educational credential — such as professional certifications, licenses and educational — not statistically different from men. However, women had higher rates of alternative credentials than men at the bachelor's degree and advanced degree levels.

15%

Among people with advanced degrees, the percentage of women who held educational certificates compared with 12 percent of men; 51 percent of women held professional certifications or licenses compared with 43 percent of men.

Voting

63.7%

Percentage of female citizens 18 and older who reported voting in the 2012 presidential election, in comparison to 59.7 percent of their male counterparts.

Motherhood

85.4 million

Estimated number of mothers in the U.S. in 2009.

1.9

Average number of children that women 40 to 44 had given birth to as of 2010, down from 3.1 children in 1976, the year the Census Bureau began collecting such data.

The percentage of women in this age group who had given birth was 81 percent in 2010, down from 90 percent in 1976.

Marriage

66 million

Number of married women 18 and older (including those who were separated or had an absent spouse) in 2013.

5.2 million

Number of stay-at-home mothers nationwide in 2013; compared with 214,000 stay-at-home fathers.

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