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Gender Equality in the US
UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, Gender Equality, aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030. It addresses gender inequalities present in many parts of society – including equitable access to education, work, healthcare, and political representation. It also highlights the need to ensure safe and inclusive workplaces and communities for women and girls.
It's estimated that it will take around 200 years to achieve gender equality in the US. Currently, women earn on average just 84% of what men make. While women make up more than 50% of the population and 47% of the labor force, they only represent 26% of members of Congress, 5% of CEOs at Fortune 500 firms, and 34% of STEM degree recipients.
Gender inequality can profoundly affect a woman’s level of safety and security within society, as well as her and her family’s economic status, health, civic engagement, and overall well-being.
Use the tool below to view gender equality-related indicators nationally or by state, as well as an overview of the more than 14,900 nonprofits organizations that work on addressing related issues in the US. You can also discover 123 products and services in our Tech for Good Directory related to the gender pay gap, women leadership, maternal health and other key areas of gender equality.
Women vs Men
* Paid Family Leave: Paid family leave laws provide parents and caregivers time off to address a serious health condition (including pregnancy), care for a family member with a serious health condition, address family circumstances arising from a military service member's deployment, or care for a newborn, newly-adopted child, or newly-placed foster child.
Interactive Tool Sources:
- Paid Family Leave: Kaiser Family Foundation, Paid Family and Sick Leave in the US, January 2020.
- Pay Gap: GC Insights analysis and classification of US Census Bureau 2020 data.
- Women in Congress: GC Insights Analysis of Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). CAWP Women Elected Officials Database. Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, accessed March, 2021.
- Nonprofit-related data: GC Insights analysis of over one million forms 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service -IRS 2018-2021
- Catalyst – Women in Healthcare
- Inequality.org – Gender Economic Inequality
- Center for American Progress – Raising the Minimum Wage Would Be Transformative for Women
- Center for American Progress – The Basic Facts About Women in Poverty
- Center for American Women and Politics – Women of Color in Elected Office 2021
- Center for American Women and Politics – Women in Elected Office 2021
- Catalyst – Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
- Equitable Growth – Factsheet: Gender wage inequality in the United States and what to do about it
- Center for American Progress – Quick Facts About the Gender Wage Gap
- SDG Tracker – SDG 5