ERIC Number: ED102277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May
Reference Count: 0
We the American Women.
Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.
The 1970 United States census counted a female population of 104,299,734. Of all the nations in the world, only three have larger female populations: China, India, and the Soviet Union. Females made up 51.3 percent of the United States population. Over 70 million American women are of voting age--that's nearly seven million more than the number of men of voting age in the United States. In 1950, only seven percent of women 18 to 24 were in college. By 1970, 20 percent of women in this age group were enrolled in college. In 1970 women made up 40 percent of the work force. The twentieth century emergence of the American woman from the status she historically held is a phenomenon dramatically illustrated in Census Bureau data. She is becoming better educated, enabling her to move up the job ladder and increase her earning power. With her new independence, she lives alone in her own household if she chooses. The married woman is having fewer children, and the divorcee is remarrying sooner. And she is living longer to enjoy her new opportunities and freedoms. Clearly, the American woman will exert an ever more powerful influence on the destiny of the U.S. as a result of: her increasing participation in the labor force, her growing educational background, her majority in the electorate, and her wishes as to family size, which will determine the nation's future population growth. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Census Figures, College Attendance, Demography, Employed Women, Employment Patterns, Females, Income, Marital Status, Mothers, Occupational Surveys, Population Trends, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Voting
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 ($0.45)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.
Note: No. 4 in a series from the 1970 census