The following, recently published “2016 Report on the Status of Women in Westchester” paints a portrait of women squeezed by the high cost of child care, a growing elderly population which strains their resources, and wage disparities which– despite the higher educational levels of women– continue to favor men. These trends negatively impact the ability of women to remain in the work force and contribute to the productivity and well-being of Westchester County. In addition, poverty in Westchester has worsened over the last five years for women, men and families. The Report, commissioned by the Westchester Women’s Agenda (WWA) with co-sponsorship support from EILEEN FISHER, documents changes in Westchester that affect women’s current well-being and the problems they face in the future.
The goal of the Report is to create a baseline on issues of concern to women and to lay the foundation for data-based and research-informed efforts to pursue progress and improve the quality of life for women and for everyone in Westchester County. The report also seeks to inspire the public to join in these efforts.