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Women and their supporters will rally around the world on March 8 in observance of International Women’s Day. Started in 1911 by a group of suffragettes, the annual occasion marks a collective call to action in making the world fair and safe for all women. This year’s theme is #PressforProgess—and there’s lots of progress to be made. Read below for more on the disparities women face in areas like healthcare access, economic stability and political power to remind you of what we’re fighting for. Then click here to find an International Women’s Day event in your area.

2 million

Number of U.S. children who would be lifted out of poverty if their single working mothers were paid the same as men who have the same level of experience. Source: Institute for Women’s Policy Research


1 in 5

Estimated number of displaced women worldwide who have experienced gender-based forms of violence—such as rape and forced marriage—in complex humanitarian settings. Violence often increases during crises, when institutional protections deteriorate. Source: UN Women


Rise in the number of pregnancy-related deaths in the United States between 1987 and 2013. With more than 700 deaths annually, the United States currently has the worst maternal mortality rate in the developed world. An additional 50,000 U.S. women every year develop debilitating or life-threatening complications due to pregnancy and delivery. Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ProPublica



Number of U.S. states—Alabama, South Dakota and Texas—that passed laws in 2017 allowing taxpayer-funded foster and adoption agencies to reject lesbian and other LGBT parents on the basis of sexual orientation, adding to similar laws in North Dakota, Virginia, Mississippi and elsewhere. Hundreds of thousands of children in the United States are in need of homesSource: American Civil Liberties Union, here and here


Number of U.S. states in which black women are spending more than 20 percent of their median income on childcare, making work difficult to affordSource: Institute for Women’s Policy Research

$675 billion

Ten-year reduction in federal healthcare spending in the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 budget. The cuts disproportionately harm women, who comprise two-thirds of all adult Medicaid recipients and rely on federal programs for gynecological care, pregnancy care and family planning. Source: Center for American Progress


Seats in U.S. Congress currently held by women. The U.S. Senate has 22 women (22%); while just 84 women (19.3%) serve in the House of Representatives. Here’s a guide to when midterm-election primaries are happening every state. Source: Center for American Women in Politics

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