FemiStats: Voter turnout 2008 Presidential Elections

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Voter Turnout Increases by 5 Million in 2008 Presidential Election.
Data Show Significant Increases Among Hispanic, Black and Young Voters.
Blacks voted in similar percentages as non-Hispanic Whites
About 131 million people reported voting in the 2008 U.S. presidential
election, an increase of 5 million from 2004.

The increase included about 2 million more black voters, 2 million more Hispanic voters and about 600,000 more Asian voters.

The number of non-Hispanic white voters remained statistically unchanged.

FemiStats—Obesity and Health Care Costs

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Obesity Medical Costs Average 42% more than normal weight persons.

The most recent CDC review found that 34 percent of adults aged 20 and over are obese. Rates of
overweight and obesity remain high in children and adolescents aged 2 through 19 years of age,
with 31.9 percent at or above the 85th percentile of the 2000 BMI-for-age growth charts, according
to the Journal of American Medicine.
The proportion of all annual medical costs that are due to obesity increased from
6.5 percent in 1998 to 9.1 percent in 2006, totaling $147 billion, according to

FemiStats: Health Insurance for Individuals

just me

I’d like to see health care legislation that is broken down by problem. One major problem is lack of affordable coverage for individuals. Below are troubling stats from a study by The Commonwealth Fund. NOTE what is left out of the Commonwealth Fund information is the fact that individuals who buy insurance out of pocket are fully taxed on the benefits they purchase. Health benefits from employers are tax-free. This is blatant discrimination.

We try to leave comment out of FemiStats section, but I think this is worth a mention:

FemiStats: Single in the U.S of A.

Single in the U.S of A.
95.9 million

Number of unmarried Americans 18 and older in 2008. This group comprised 43
percent of all U.S. residents 18 and older.


Percentage of unmarried Americans 18 and older who were women.


Percentage of unmarried Americans 18 and older who had never been married.
24 percent were divorced, and 15 percent were widowed.

15.8 million

FemiStats: Teen Birth Rates and Contraception Facts

Teen Birth Rates

*The teen birth rate increased in more than half of all 50 states in 2006, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The birth rate for teenagers 15 and older rose 3% in 2006, the first increase since 1991

*The age of mothers at first birth fell in 2006 from 25.2 to 25.0 — the first such decline recorded by the CDC

*Teen birth rates (2006) were highest in the South and Southwest, with the highest rate recorded in Mississippi, followed by New Mexico, and Texas.

FemiStats; The Check is in the Mail and that Promotion is in the Pipeline

Women in Pipleline vs. Women in Power

This page is a direct confrontation to those who want women to accept Pipeline Pacification—the idea that if we get enough qualified women in the pipeline then alpha positions will open up at an equal rate. The pipeline is flowing (and has been in most cases for some time) and yet… the power still goes to men.


Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Class of 2010 sports a female to male ratio of 62 to 38.

Source: Columbia University.


Maternal Mortality

Maternal Mortality
Number of women who die each year due to complications from childbirth or pregnancy
  • 95 percent of these deaths occur in Africa and Asia.
  • For every woman who dies, 30 others suffer severe injury, notably, permanent and painful tears in their rectum or bladder or damage to the urethra.
  • Every minute of every day a woman dies in pregnancy and childbirth.
  • In Africa women have a 1 in 26 chance of dying during pregnancy in their lifetime.
  • In Asia women have a 1 in 120 chance of dying during pregnancy in their lifetime.
  • In the United States the risk is 1 in 4,800; in 2000 the risk to American women was 1 in 2,500. (In 2000, 660 women died because of pregnancy in the U.S; in 2005: 440.)
  • The life-time risk in other countries is as follows:

    Afghanistan: 1 in 8
    Burundi 1 in 16
    Cambodia 1 in 48
    Canada 1 in 11,000
    Democratic Republic of the Congo 1 in 13
    Haiti 1 in 44
    Iraq 1 in 72
    Ireland 1 in 47,600
    Nepal 1 in 31
    Niger 1 in 7
    Tajikistan 1 in 160
    In 1990, 576,000 women worldwide died to pregnancy. This represents a just a 5% change in 15 years! Some 8 million women have died in this span of time because they attempted or were forced to reproduce.
    Sources: World Health Organization, New England Journal of Medicine, White Ribbon Alliance.