In 2012, Iowa Women’s Foundation partnered with other organizations* from across the state to research the status of Iowa’s female population. This report, SHE Matters 2012, reflects a current picture of Iowa’s women and girls:
- Women owned 25% of all businesses in Iowa. That number keeps trending downward and is one of the lowest in the nation.
- Iowa’s women work for approximately 79% of men’s income for similar positions.
- Nearly 14% of all Iowa’s women live in poverty.
- One out of every three women in Iowa does not have health insurance.
- Women hold only 11% of the executive positions in Iowa’s ten largest insurance companies.
While SHE Matters shows that Iowa’s women and girls have made extraordinary strides in education and economic self-sufficiency in the last four decades, the data reveal important barriers to greater achievement. IWF is uniquely positioned to direct funds to projects that combat these barriers across the state.
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*Partners (IWLP) include: Iowa Women’s Leadership Conference (IWLC), Chrysalis Foundation, NEXUS (Executive Women’s Alliance), Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics (Iowa State University), Iowa Department of Human Rights, Friends of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, Iowa Network for Women in Higher Education, Women’s Connection (Quad Cities and Muscatine), Women Aware (Sioux City), The Way Up Conference, Business and Professional Women/Iowa, Women’s Leadership Network (Dubuque), Des Moines Women Connect and Mapping Strategies