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Women and Gender Studies: Finding Data

Resources for Advanced Research Methods in Political Science (790:536) and Feminist Research and Methods (988:570)


International Data

The World's Women Reports
The World's Women reports are prepared by the Statistics Division of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs at five-year intervals, starting in 1990. Six reports have been published as part of the The World's Women series. The first three and World's Women 2010, analyze women's situation compared to men's worldwide on a broad range of fields. The 2005 edition reviews and analyzes national capacity to collect and report sex-disaggregated data on socioeconomic topics relevant for addressing gender concerns. World's Women 2015 also reviews progress towards gender equality over the past 20 years.

Gender Data Portal
Gender statistics and indicators by country and region. Includes indicators for themes that range from health and education to political participation and poverty. Sex-disaggregated data for some themes are limited or not available. Based on national statistics, UN databases, and World Bank-conducted or funded surveys. Maintained by the World Bank Group.

Women in the Labor Force

Gender equality in the world of work
A resource guide to books, articles and data, prepared by the International Labour Organization.

Women in Politics

Women in Parliaments: World and Regional Averages
Current summary data plus archived data back to 1997. The Inter-Parliamentary Union's PARLINE Database also allows you to search for the results of the most recent election in all countries where a national legislature exists.

U.S. (and other) Data

ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States
The basic databook for U.S. national-level statistics.
Statistical Abstract of the United States: 1878-2012
Data-Planet Statistical Datasets
Access to data from more than 70 organizational sources. Most data series focus on recent years and a few prior decades, although some data series extend back to the 19th century. Rutgers-restricted Access
ICPSR Data Access & Analysis
Rutgers is a member of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, a hugh social sciences data archive hosted at the University of Michigan. Rutgers users can download ICPSR data sets and use them to generate charts, graphs, or other statistical reports.
Off-Campus Access Note: If you're a Rutgers user connecting from off-campus you must use the off-campus link if you're planning on downloading data.

"An open-access clearinghouse for the collection of sexual orientation & gender identity data and measures."


American FactFinder
Select query elements to create maps and view data tables based on the 2010 Census, Census 2000, the 1990 Census, the American Community Survey, and the Economic Census.
Historical Census Browser
Generate selected characteristics of the population down to the state and county level from 1790 to 1960.
Families and Living Arrangements
Demographic characteristics of households and families. Based on survey data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Marriage and Divorce
Data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Women in the Labor Force

Women in the Labor Force: A Databook.
Washington, D.C., U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017.
Historical and current labor force and earnings data.
Women of Color Their Employment in the Private Sector.
Washington, D.C., U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 2003.
Trends in employment of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American women between 1990 and 2001.

Women in Politics

Center for American Women and Politics
Current and historical data on women office-holders and candidates, as well as data on the gender gap and voting patterns.

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