Women’s History Month: March 2019

The roots of National Women’s History Month go back to March 8, 1857, when women from various New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. The first Women’s Day Celebration in the United States was also in New York City in 1909, but Congress did not establish National Women’s History Week until 1981 to be commemorated annually the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the president has issued a proclamation.

The following facts are made possible by the invaluable responses to the U.S. Census Bureau’s surveys. We appreciate the public’s cooperation as we continuously measure America’s people, places and economy.

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165.3 million

The number of females in the United States as of July 2017. The number of males was 160.4 million. Source: Vintage 2017 Population Estimates

2 to 1

The approximate ratio by which women age 85 and older outnumbered men in 2017 (4.2 million to 2.3 million). Source: Vintage 2017 Population Estimates

77.6 million

The number of females age 16 and older who participated in the civilian labor force in 2017.  This comprises 58.2 percent of females age 16 and older.  Source: 2017 American Community Survey

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