The Status of Women in Vermont

The Status of Women in the States is an ongoing research project conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) to measure and track the status of women in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our Vermont scorecard has some good news, but also shows we have some more work to do. Below are some of their key findings, but you can read their full report here:

Key Findings
-Vermont’s best grade is in the area of reproductive rights, for which it receives an A-. Its worst grades are in political participation and work and family, for which it gets a C.

-Vermont women who work full-time, year-round earn 86 cents on the dollar compared with similarly employed men.

-Approximately 33.6 percent of those working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in Vermont are women, compared with 28.8 percent nationwide.

-As of 2015, there are no women of color in statewide elective executive office in Vermont, and no women of color from the state in the U.S. Congress.

-Women in Vermont who are unionized earn $234 more per week, on average, than those who are not represented by a union.

-Approximately 37.2 percent of women in Vermont have a bachelor’s degree or higher, an increase of about 8 percentage points since 2000.

-In 2012–2013, 79.6 percent of Vermont’s four-year-olds were enrolled in state pre-K, preschool special education, or state and federal Head Start.

-Heart disease is the biggest killer of women in the United States. Vermont ranks 12 of 51 with a mortality rate of 116.5 per 100,000.

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