Empowering Women

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  • Women have had the right to vote since 1920, but women currently make up only 19.4% of the 114th U.S. Congress, which took office in January 2015.
  • Women start the majority of new businesses.
  • Women-owned businesses are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy.
  • Women make about 80% of consumer decisions.
  • Women are the single largest group of health care consumers.
  • Women make the health care decisions in 3 out of 4 U.S. households.
  • Women are the primary caregivers in American society.
  • Women are the majority of voters.
  • Women are more than half of the population of the world.

So Why Aren’t Women Making at Least Half of the Decisions?

“We don’t need women to lead simply because they are women, but because we are over half the population and offer incredible resources and life experiences. We are the oldest democracy in the world and should have women leading at the highest levels.”
—Susan Shaer, WAND Executive Director