White House Report Details Status of American Women.

In its first study of the lives of American women since 1963, the White House recently released a report which found that while young women are “more likely” to have a college or graduate degree and that the number of working men and women “has nearly equalized,” women’s wages are still roughly 75 percent of what their male peers make.


The Wall Street Journal observed of the federal study: “The report depicts a sea change in women’s roles over the past few decades, away from child-rearing and housekeeping to serving as a pillar of family finances and America’s economy. Still, single-mother households are more common than those with single fathers, a big reason why women are more likely than men to be poor, despite higher unemployment among men.” (March 2011)