Report funded by the Chicago Foundation for Women

Table of Contents

Also available:
The Year 2000 Status of Women and Girls in Chicago Report in Web-based format.
The Year 2000 Status of Women and Girls in Chicago Report in Powerpoint version.
The complete Year 2000 Status of Women and Girls in Chicago Report in an Adobe Acrobat pdf file.

Chapter 1: Demographic Information

(Adobe Acrobat .pdf file) Includes:

Population by Gender in Chicago Metropolitan Counties, 1997
Percentage of Population Over 65 Years of Age in Chicago Metropolitan Counties, 1997
Cook County Female Population 1990 and 1997, by Age Groups
Cook County Female Population 1990 and 1997, by Race Categories
Cook County Household Arrangements 1990

Chapter 2: Issues that Impact Girls and Young Women

(Adobe Acrobat .pdf file) Includes:

Child Care Chicago
Chicago and Illinois Women, Infants and Children (WIC) data
Facts on Eating Disorders
Body Image Issues for Girls
Differences Between Male and Female Students in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Limitations to Standardized Tests to Detect Gender Differences
Percentage of High School Seniors by Gender Participating in Extracurricular Activities
High School Athletic Participation
Facts on Teen Sexuality
Self Reported Sexual Behavior Among High School Students in Chicago and the US
Self Reported Contraception Use by Chicago High School Students
Illinois State Sexuality and STD/HIV Education Regulations
High School Students Suicide Attempts in Chicago

Chapter 3: Physical and Mental Health

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Chicago and Illinois Women's Perceptions of Their Self-Reported Personal Health
Chicago and Illinois Women's Self-Reported Health and Dental Insurance Coverage
Chicago Residents Without Health Insurance
Chicago Women's Self-Reported Utilization of Cancer Prevention Exams
Chicago and Illinois Women's Self-Reported Leisure Time Physical Activity
Chicago and Illinois Women's Self-Reported Smoking and Alcohol Use
Top Five Causes of Death for Chicago Resident Females
Chicago Disease and Injury Mortality Rates by Gender
Disability Population in Illinois by Gender
Statistics on Chicago Women with Hearing and Visual Disabilities
Chicago AIDS Case Percentages by Gender 1988 and 1997
Pregnancy Outcomes in Illinois
Facts on Contraceptive Services and Reproductive Choices in Illinois
Insurance Inequities for Women and Men
Number of Abortion Providers in Illinois 1982-1996
Illinois' Neighbors and the Right to Choose
Maternal Mortality and Infant Mortality in Chicago
Lesbian Health Issues
Depression Research Fact Sheet
Chicago Domestic Violence Incidences Compared to Other Health Incidences

Chapter 4: Violence and Crime

(Adobe Acrobat .pdf file) Includes:

Domestic Violence Facts
Financial Impact of Domestic Violence
Chicago Crime Victims by Gender
Number of Chicago Female Victims (18 years +) with Relationship to Offender
Facts on Sexual Assault and Rape
Child Abuse in Illinois
Women in Prison in Illinois and the U.S.
Profile of Female Inmates in Illinois
Abuse of Women in Illinois State Prisons
Mothers in Prison in Illinois and the U.S.
Impact of Incarceration on Families
Percentage of Booked Arrestees in Chicago Who Test Positive for Drugs, by Drug Type and Gender
Sentence Length of State Prison Female Prisoners Compared to Male Prisoners
Pathways into Prostitution

Chapter 5: Economic Issues

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Women-owned Firms Nationally
Women-owned Firms in Chicago and Illinois
Facts on Working Women
Chicago Executive Women
Mothers in the Labor Force
Women's Earnings as a Percent of Men's in Same Major and Occupation
AFDC/TANF and Food Stamp Benefits in Cook County and Illinois
Poverty in Illinois
Sweatshops in Chicago
Chicago Homeless Demographics
Self-Sufficiency Standard for Cook County 1996
Self-Sufficiency Standard for DuPage County 1996
Self-Sufficiency Standard for Kane County 1996
Self-Sufficiency Standard for Lake County 1996
Self-Sufficiency Standard for McHenry County 1996
Self-Sufficiency Standard for Will County 1996

Chapter 6: Higher Education and Extracurricular Activities

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Gender Breakdown for Enrollment in Illinois Colleges and Universities
Enrollment by Gender at Various Levels of Study in Illinois Colleges and Universities
Female Enrollment by Institution Type in Illinois
Mean Age of Students Enrolled in Illinois Colleges and Universities
Races of Women Enrolled in Illinois Colleges and Universities
Full-time Faculty by Gender in Illinois Public Universities
Average Salaries for Full-time Faculty in Illinois Public Universities
Most Common Fields of Study by Gender in Illinois
NCAA Scholarship Dollars by Gender
Recruitment Spending by Gender and NCAA Division

Chapter 7: Women and Leadership

(Adobe Acrobat .pdf file) Includes:

Chicago and Illinois Women Leaders in Government
U.S. Women Leaders in Government Compared to Other Nations
Women Leaders in Philanthropy

Chapter 8: Issues That Impact Senior Women

(Adobe Acrobat .pdf file) Includes:

Caregiving Demands on Society
Elder Abuse in Illinois
Life Expectancy for Women
Language Barriers for Older Women
Economic Issues That Impact Seniors
Social Security for Women
Physical Health Issues That Impact Senior Women
Percentage of Deaths from Leading Causes on Women, 65 Years and Older
Mental Health Issues for Older Women
Women and Alzheimer's Disease

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updated 8 August 2000