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Reports on the Status of Women


American Association of University Women Research Reports
Links to multiple reports on past and current research about various questions related to the status of women. The reports include studies on women and science, gender pay gap, girls, and sexual harassment and discrimination in schools, universities, and academia. Provides full reports that discuss and analyze the data obtained, and present recommendations for improvement of the status of women in education and work environments. Reports are available in PDF documents, and contact information for obtaining hard copies is provided. Click here to find out more.

Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges 2010 Reports
Provides recent reports on the practices of administration and governing of higher education institutions. Gender is a variable considered in the reports. Information on the ratio of women in men in governing boards and other university governing and administrative organisms can be found in the reports, as well as information about spending, management, awards, endowments, and proposals. Click here to find out more.


National Science Foundation Reports on Women, Minorities, and Persons with
Disabilities in Science and Engineering

The National Science Foundation provides reports with information about education and employment in science and medicine related fields. Reports and other information are organized by topic and demographic group. Site includes links to full reports, tables and graphs, additional resources, archives of past reports, and updates. Formal full reports are issued every two years. Click here to find out more.

The National Academies Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine
Publishes reports and research on women’s participation, and their status in scientific, engineering, and medical academic and professional fields. Materials analyze the status of women in science and health related education and careers since the 1990s to the present. Links to the National Academies Press allows the reader to buy hardcover or electronic (PDF) copies of the publications, or to read them online free. Gender Faculty Studies at Research 1 Institutions: A second series of reports about gender equity in research universities in the USA, sorted by state. The reports are submitted by the universities and compiled by the National Academies CWSEM. Click here to find out more.

U.S. Department of Energy 2010 Report to the White House Council on Women and Girls
Provides information about gender distribution in the Department of Energy workforce, and outlines information about programming and projects to improve the number of women in scientific careers, as well as women-owned business related to work of the DOE in the areas of energy research, economy, and security. Click here to find out more.


The National Academies Institute of Medicine
“Women’s Health Research: Progress, Pitfalls, and Promise” assesses the impact of changes in policy, organization, and regulation of women’s health research over the past twenty years on the current state of the health of women of different groups. The report deals with topics related to relevant research on and resources for treating the most common conditions, research methodology, communication of results, and translation of research into practices. A report brief is available in PDF; full version is available for purchase as electronic copy and/or paperback.
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Office of National Drug Control Policy 2010 Report to the White House Council on Women and Girls
Outlines statistics, efforts, and recommendations related to the use and abuse of drugs by women and girls in the United States. Includes graphs and tables about use and treatment as well as written descriptions of programs, campaigns, future goals, and projections. The 2010 report includes information spanning the years 2007-2010.
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U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee 2010 Report
This committee released a report titled “Women and the Economy 2010: 25 Years for Progress but Challenges Remain” in the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the U.S. constitution, which granted women the right to vote. The report covers the changes in women’s situation in the labor force over the past 25 years. The report includes statistics and graphs, as well as description of trends in the areas of education attainment, salary, child care and family, and union affiliation. Click here to find out more.

U.S. Department of Commerce 2010 Report on Women Owned Business in the 21st Century
Created for the White House Council on Women and Girls by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics in 2010, this report documents the changes in women-owned businesses and discusses the disparities between women-owned and men-owned businesses. Available in PDF both as a full document, and by sections.
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U.S. Department of Treasury Report to the White House Council on Women and Girls
Compiles statistics and information, amongst other topics, on work life, financial literacy, home affordability, and women in finance. Click here to find out more.

U.S. National Economic Council Jobs and Economic Security for America's Women Report 2010 Report about the impact to the most recent recession on women, and how the Obama administration’s policies address the problem. Click here to find out more.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
The United Nations published a report titled “Gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: Differentiated pathways out of poverty – Status, Trends and Gaps” that addresses gender patters of work, structure of rural employment, unpaid labor, access to markets, HIV, gender pay disparities, education, migration, child labor, and recommendations to improve women’s and girls’ situation. The report covers global trends, and includes tables of data, photographs, and bibliography. The full report is available as a PDF. Click here to find out more.


The White House Project Report: Benchmarking Women’s Leadership
The White House Project is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization that states its mission as “to advance women’s leadership in all communities and sectors—up to the U.S. presidency—by filling the leadership pipeline with a richly diverse, critical mass of women.” The organization has published a report on the status of women’s leadership in ten sectors: academia, business, film and television, journalism, law, military, nonprofit, politics, religion, and sports. UPDATE- WEBSITE/Organization CLOSED

State Department/USUN Report to the White House Council on Women and Girls
Describes the State Department’s mission and goals for women’s and girls’ empowerment. Describes programs, cooperative efforts, and recommendations aimed at improving the scope and warranty of women’s rights including issues related to medical care, equality, and violence. Click here to learn more.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security 2010 Current Status and Future Goals Report
to the White House Council on Women and Girls

Provides an overview of the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security to address the specific position women and girls in questions of security and crime. Click here to learn more.

Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies Report on Women and Peacebuilding

“Afghan Women Speak: Enhancing Security and Human Rights in Afghanistan” is a report on research conducted by faculty in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. It draws on information collected through more than 50 interviews to women leaders in activism, education, health professions, police and army, and politics both in Afghanistan and the United States. Click here to learn more.


National Endowment for the Arts
As a follow up to the general report titled “Artists in the Workforce: 1990-2005,” which informs on the demographic and employment patterns of workers whose primary occupation is as artists, the National Endowment for the Arts published a research note specifically on the status of women in the art world in the United States. The report provides statistics and information about demographics of female artists, tendencies in family organization, employment and earnings, and educational attainment. Click here to find out more.

IWMF Global Report on Women and Media -- Upcoming!
The International Women’s Media Foundation and the George Washington University Global Media Institute are partnering on a groundbreaking conference during March 22-25, 2011 in which “the first-ever comprehensive global report on the status of women in the news media will be released, analyzing research data from 500 print and broadcast companies in 59 countries. The IWMF commissioned the two-year study – the first detailed research that closely examines the challenges facing women news professionals everywhere.” More information on the upcoming report can be found here.

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