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Status of Women in Florida by County News

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 10:00am
Research on Women's Health Webinar

Join the Florida Women's Funding Alliance, the Institute for Women's Policy Research and the Florida Philanthropic Network for a webinar with Elyse Shaw from IWPR to learn about new research examining women’s health in Florida.

The Status of Women in Florida by County: Health & Well-Being

Florida Ranks 35th in the Nation for Women’s Health & Well-Being

New report shows wide disparities by race and ethnicity for chronic health issues such as diabetes and AIDS

A new county-level analysis of the health status of women in Florida, released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) in partnership with the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance (FWFA), finds that women in Florida have higher rates of AIDS and diabetes, slightly more days per month of poor mental health, and lower access to health insurance coverage than women in the United States overall. The report recommends policies that could address health disparities for women of color, increase the supply of quality mental healthcare providers, and support those with health issues and their caregivers through paid family and medical leave and paid sick days.

Florida overall received a C- on IWPR’s Health & Well-Being Composite Index—composed of nine health indicators that provide a basis for ranking and grading each state in the nation—but the report finds wide disparities in women’s status by county and by race and ethnicity.

April 25, 2018
Working together to raise the grade for women

This data dive brings me back to my grade angst. This time it wasn’t math, but the D+ assigned to Florida via the results of the 2016 Status of Women in Florida by County: Poverty and Opportunity Report, and a new Economic Status of Women in Florida fact sheet released in March. We use these reports to help shape our luncheon discussion.

The report and fact sheet were released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in partnership with the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance of which the SWFLCF is a member along with many other Women’s Foundations in the region and across the state.

April 21, 2018
Editorial: Women's work undervalued in bay area

Even a strong economy and low unemployment cannot overcome the persistent pay gap affecting full-time working women in Florida. A new report shows women in Florida earned 12.5 percent less on average than their male counterparts, and the disparities are even worse for minority women and single mothers. Tampa Bay area counties ranked better than others around Florida, but the situation statewide remains disadvantageous for women, whose contributions to the work force must not be undervalued and underpaid.

April 21, 2018
Commentary: Education key to narrowing the gender gap

The gender pay gap has been an economic hardship for women since they entered the workforce. To highlight the issue, the “Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment and Earnings” was released April 9, the day before Equal Pay Day.

It shows women working full-time, year-round earn less than men across the United States. Florida graded D-plus for women’s employment and earnings, worse than the C-minus the state earned when “The Status of Women in the States” was published in 2004. Median annual earnings for women in Florida are $35,000, placing the state 38th in the nation, compared with $40,000 for men.

April 13, 2018
Continuing gender pay gap 'disappointing,' but Northeast Florida women's advocates optimistic

In Northeast Florida women who work full-time year-round earn 70 to 86 cents for every dollar earned by men working the same amount of time, according to a new report by the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance.

The largest area pay gap is in St. Johns County and the smallest in Duval County, but both fall short of the statewide earnings ratio of 87.5, according to The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings, compiled by the Washington-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The report was done in partnership with the Florida Alliance and its parent organization, the Florida Philanthropic Network.

April 10, 2018
A month after Legislature failed to act on #MeToo, report finds Florida lags on women’s pay

A report by a national women's policy research group found that Florida ranks very low nationwide for women's participation in the workforce, median pay and share of women in top professional roles.

While the causes of these failures are complex, these findings came exactly a month after the Florida Legislature failed to address a problem that leadership from both chambers had said was a priority to fix: sexual harassment in the workplace.

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