Women’s Foundation of Colorado Examines the Well-Being of Women and Girls in New Report

Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: June 14, 2013

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, in partnership with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, released the 2013 Status of Women and Girls in Colorado report this week that analyzes the well-being of women and girls across the state. It includes a wealth of data across five broad issue areas critical to ensuring girls and women have the opportunity reach their full potential: economic security and poverty, employment and earnings, educational opportunity, personal safety and women’s leadership.

Tracking progress over the last two decades, the report found that while Colorado has made positive strides toward decreasing the dropout rate among girls, boosting the percent of women who receive bachelor’s degrees and decreasing the teen pregnancy rate, many barriers to opportunity for women and girls remain. For example, families headed by single mothers have the lowest median annual income in Colorado at $26,705 – only 63 percent of the median income for families headed by single fathers and 31 percent of the income for married-couple families. Additionally, the report cites the high cost of child care in Colorado as a major barrier to allowing women to work full-time to support their families. In 2011, the cost of full-time infant care in a center was nearly half the median income for a single mother. The report also includes recommended strategies for action, including educating young girls about the effects of their decisions regarding education and career paths and increasing the accessibility and affordability of child care for working parents.

Sarah Hughes

About Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes is Vice President of Research Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she leads the organization’s research and data analysis efforts, including the development and publication of the annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report, and provides research and data support to inform and advance the Children’s Campaign’s policy agenda. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, Sarah worked in communications and spent several years working and volunteering with kids in various capacities. She holds a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Advocacy, Leadership and Social Change from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Business and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.