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The American Woman 2003-2004: Daughters of a Revolution - Young Women Today


Ninth Edition
Edited by Cynthia B. Costello, Vanessa R. Wight, and Anne J. Stone
Price: $24.95

The ninth edition in The American Woman series addresses the status of young women between the ages of 25 and 35. Contributors—all experts in their fields—explore the opportunities and challenges confronting the young women who are the daughters of the baby boom generation. The focus on young women brings into sharp relief how much has changed since the 1970s. The volume also contains a comprehensive statistical portrait of women of all ages, including user-friendly tables and figures that provide readers with the hard numbers underlying the trends shaping the experiences of women of all ages.

See our new project, The American Woman on the Web, for updated statistics. To order a copy, print the order form (PDF) and fax or mail your order to WREI. If you have questions before ordering, please contact our Lory Manning at 703-812-7990, ex. 12.

Some findings:

  • Brides are getting older.
  • More Women are Moonlighting.
  • Sixty-five percent of women with pre-school-age children are in the workforce.
  • Hispanic women continue to have the lowest earnings.
  • Of all the workers, female or male, black women are the most likely to have health insurance through their jobs.
  • At every age, females are more likely than their male contemporaries to be poor.
  • Since the end of the draft in 1973, the percentage of enlisted women has grown almost nine-fold and the percentage of women officers has tripled.
  • Women have outvoted men in every national election since 1980.


Table of Contents

Daughters of a Revolution: An Introduction

  by Anne J. Stone
Two Generations: A Mother and Daughter Talk about Their Lives

by Cynthia B. Costello

Young Women: Where They Stand
  by Martha Farnsworth Riche

Young Women, Education, and Employment

  by Marisa DiNatale and Stephanie Boraas
Baby Boom to Generation X: Progress in Young Women's Health
  by Alina Salganicoff, Barbara Wentworth, and Liberty Greene

Integrating Work and Life: Young Women Forge New Solutions

  by Jessica DeGroot and Joyce Fine

The Economics of Young Women Today

  by Lani Luciano
Taking It from Here: Policies for the Twenty-first Century
  by Cynthia B. Costello and Vanessa R. Wight

American Woman Today: A Statistical Portrait

  1. Demographics
  2. Education
  3. Health
  4. Employment
  5. Earnings and Benefits
  6. Economic Security
  7. Women in the Military
  8. Elections and Officials
The Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues at 25: Challenges and Opportunities
  by Cynthia A. Hall
Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues—107th Congress
Women in the 107th Congress
Notes on the Contributors
About the Women's Research and Education Institute (WREI)
  About the Editors