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The Status of Women in North Carolina

The Status of Women in North Carolina: Health and Wellness 

Publication Date: June 2019

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The health and wellness of women in North Carolina has improved in some ways, yet not all women are equally benefitting from this progress. Wide disparities persist in disease and mortality rates and incidence of sexually transmitted infections by race and ethnicity, as well as by county. Ensuring that women can access the health care services they need - including for mental health and substance abuse - is vital to the health and well-being of women in North Carolina. Additionally, women's experiences of intimate partner violence show the detrimental impact this violence has on women in the state. The Status of Women in North Carolina: Health & Wellness is the second in a series of four publications that provide data and policy recommendations to improve North Carolina women's status in several key areas.

 

Key Findings:

  • North Carolina received a D grade on the Institute for Women's Policy Research's health and well-being index.
  • 35% of NC women have experienced intimate partner violence and/or sexual violence.
  • North Carolina has the 10th highest rate of reported STI diagnoses.
  • The teen pregnancy rate in has decreased nearly seven percent since 2014.
  • Mortality rates for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, breast cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, and ovarian cancer have all decreased since 2012. 

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The Status of Women: Health & Wellness in the Media:

The Status of Women in North Carolina: Employment & Earnings

Publication Date: May 2018

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Women in North Carolina and across the United States have made progress over the past several decades in the area of employment and earnings. A growing share of women are in the labor force, the gender wage gap has decreased, and more women are in professional and managerial occupations. Despite this progress, women in North Carolina face disparities in their economic security across racial and ethnic groups and geographic locations, pointing to areas where further improvement is necessary. Since the publication of the Institute for Women's Policy Research's 2004 report on The Status of Women in the States, North Carolina's grade for employment and earnings has improved from a D to a C. The Status of Women in North Carolina: Employment and Earnings is the first report is a series of four publications that present data and policy recommendations to improve the status of women in North Carolina in several key areas.

 

Key Findings:

  • Women in North Carolina earn a median income of $36,400, and an average of $8,600 less than men.
  • The gender earnings ratio narrowed from 73.7% in 2002 to 80.9% in 2016.
  • The share of women in the labor force decreased from 2002 to 2016.
  • More than 2 in 5 (41.6%) employed women in North Carolina work in managerial or professional occupations.

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The Status of Women: Employment & Earnings in the Media:

Equal Pay

The Status of Women: Why It Still Matters

Speakers Bureau Request Form

Interested in having a speaker from the NC Council for Women & Youth Involvement at your next event? Fill out the form linked above. The Council can provide presentations on Emplyoment & Earnings, Health & Wellness, and the state of domestic violence and sexual assault in North Carolina.