Measuring The Situation - Feminism Statistics

The feminist movement in the United States became a major political player in the 1970s. Since then there have been claims and counter claims about how successful the movement has been in accomplishing its goals of achieving equality for women. To truly understand what achievements have been accomplished and what remains to be done we need to look at a variety of statistics about women from around the world.
While there have been improvements in the lives of women in the United States over the years since the rise of the feminist movement in the 1970s, those benefits have not been translated into the international environment. Even though there are strong female political and economic leaders found throughout the globe, the plight of women still shows that there is a long way to go before women can claim even a measure of equality. To understand this one only needs to look at some numbers about the lives of women; numbers that can be called feminism statistics.

To see how much of a second class citizen women are in much of the world we can look at the statistics about violence against women. According to the Network for Good, 75% of the casualties of war are women and children. While wars are still predominantly fought be men, this fact demonstrates how vulnerable women and children are to violence beyond their control. Rape of women has become a tool of war in many countries; according to the Physicians for Human Rights, 20,000 women were raped in the first months in the war in the former Yugoslavia. These are feminism statistics.

Violence against women is not just institutional violence like war. It is frequently personal attacks within marriages and relationships. According to the Wesley Center for Women 1 in 7 women are raped by their husbands. According to the British Home Office 37% of women killed in the UK in 1999 were killed by their current or former partner. Amnesty International claims that 1 in 3 women in the world have been beaten or abused, most often by their spouse. These are feminism statistics.

Discrimination against women frequently starts before birth. Females are so undesirable that they are frequently aborted or killed just after birth. reports that there are 60 million females missing from the world today because of sex-selective abortions or female infanticide. According to, of 8,000 aborted fetuses from a single Bombay abortion clinic, females accounted for 7,999. In China this sex selection process can be seen in the ratio of girls to boys in the 2000 Census, 100:199. These are feminism statistics.

Women are used for their bodies. Every year nearly 2 million girls between the ages of 5 and 15 are moved into the sex trade according to According to Human Rights Watch between 200,000 and 300,000 women and girls are trafficked to Europe each year for the sex trade. Trafficking in women for the sex trade is a $7 Billion industry. These are feminism statistics.

Women still lack the economic and political power to change these problems. According to Business Week only 2% of senior management positions in companies’ world wide are occupied by women. In government the situation is a little better, 15 % of parliamentary seats are held by women worldwide according to, but only 3.5% of cabinet ministers are females according to And still, countries like Saudi Arabia continue to deny their female population the right to vote. These are feminism statistics.

These statistics show that women in the world still have a long way to go to achieve true equality. Is it any wonder that feminists continue to be loud and aggressive in search of this equality?
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