More than 2.5 million girls took part in high school athletic programs during the 1997-98 school year. That's triple the number in 1972-73.
In 1998, women earned 73 cents for every dollar earned by men ($25,862 compared with $35,345). This figure isn't statistically different from women's all-time high in this regard of 74 cents ($23,710 versus $32,144) in 1996.
In 1998, the educational attainment levels of women ages 25 to 29
exceeded those of men in the same age group. 90 percent of young
women had at least a high school diploma and 29 percent had a bachelor's degree or more. The respective percentages for men of the same ages were 87 percent and 26 percent.
Even if women and men voted at the same rate, women would hold the
balance of electoral power. Projections indicate women constituted 52
percent of the voting-age population in November 1998, representing majorities in each state except Alaska and Nevada.
Although females outnumber males nationally, there were four states in 1998 where females were in the minority: Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Wyoming.
More women nowadays are either postponing or not ever having children. Twenty-seven percent of women 30 to 34 in 1995 had never given birth; in 1976, the corresponding proportion was 16 percent.
The estimated median age at first marriage was 25 years for women in 1998 -- tying the 20th century high reached the previous year and up almost a full five years since the early 1960s.
Special thanks to the U.S. Census Bureau and 2000: Anniversaries in Women's History for statistics.
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