Info on Women: U.S. & the World

You’ve been seeing blog posts about films shown this month in honor of March being National Women’s History Month. Well, here’s a publication to look at in honor of the world’s women:

World's Women coverThe World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics – This annual United Nations publication is a very eye-opening summary of how women are faring all over the globe. For example, chapter 5 on “Power and decision-making” will reveal that although women account for approximately half of the electorate:

• Becoming the Head of State or Head of Government remains elusive for women, with only 14 women in the world currently holding either position.
• In just 23 countries do women comprise a critical mass – over 30 per cent – in the lower or single house of their national parliament.
• Worldwide on average only one in six cabinet ministers is a woman.
• Women are highly underrepresented in decision-making positions at local government levels.
• In the private sector, women continue to be severely underrepresented in the top decisionmaking positions.
• Only 13 of the 500 largest corporations in the world have a female Chief Executive Officer.

Women in America coverAlso want to check out the U.S. Government ‘s report on Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being.

Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding materials.

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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1 Response to Info on Women: U.S. & the World

  1. Becky S. says:

    Another great resource for Women’s History Month is the Women’s History 2011 Gazette compiled by National Women’s History Project. To view the online version visit

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