Final Project- He Yang

International Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements.

The theme of 2015 International Women Day is “Make It Happen” with a dedicated hashtag for social media. It aims to encourage effective action for advancing and recognizing women. It focuses on women in different professional sectors; the arts, female-owned businesses, in senior leadership roles, and all aspects of working environments where gender parity has still not been achieved.

In this final project, I did a study research on women in the workforce on occasion of celebration the International Women Day.

The History of the International Women’s Day:

 Women of Working Age

According to the United State Department of Labor, there were 127.1 million working age women (16 years of age and older, civilian non-institutional population) in the U.S. in 2013 – 72.7 million were in the labor force. Women’s participation in the labor force accounted for 57.2 percent of the working age women population in 2013, compared to 69.7 percent participation rate for men. By 2022, the labor force participation rate of women is projected to be 56 percent, compared to 67.6 percent for men.

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The Data on Women Leaders

Most Americans find women indistinguishable from men on key leadership traits such as intelligence and capacity for innovation, yet women still make up a small share of top leadership jobs.

There are 20 women serving in the U.S. Senate, an historic high that has held steady for the last two Congresses. Of the 20 women, 14 are Democrats and 6 are Republicans. The first woman in the Senate was Rebecca Felton (D-Ga.), who was appointed to the seat as a political maneuver in 1922 and served just one day. Nancy Kassebaum (R-Kan.), who served in the Senate from 1978 to 1997, was the first female senator who was not initially elected to fill an unexpired Congressional term.


Data Resources:

1. Pew Research Centre:

2. Census Newsroom/ Census:

3. Census:

4. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Current Population Survey  1,  2

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