The Delaware Commission for Women (DCW) is surveying Delaware women to learn more about their life and work experiences. The DCW’s project is meant to learn from women from diverse walks of life and working conditions. The survey involves questions about finances, making ends meet, personal and family considerations, work opportunities, as well as thoughts and worries that keep Delaware women up at night. There will also be questions about workplace bullying and discrimination.
Apart from wanting to learn more about the female population of Delaware, the Commission’s decision to create a survey stemmed from the results of the “Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink.” The Shriver Report indicated the following points:
- Forty-seven percent of the workforce is female; sixty-two percent hold minimum wage jobs.
- Balancing work and home, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, workplace bullying (from both genders) stall progress and present huge disadvantages for women.
- One in three women lives in poverty or teeter on the edge, pay-check to pay-check. That’s 42 million women; add to those numbers 28 million children and the unknown number of people who depend on them for caregiving.
- The wage gap cost the average woman between $700,000 to $2 million dollars over the course of her lifetime.
The results from the survey will be used to fuel DCW’s advocacy agenda and to help guide the agency on its priorities and initiatives that will affect Delaware women. The survey data will also serve as a source of best practices and insights for the Delaware Commission.
Members of Delaware’s female population interested in the survey or those wanting to learn more about the project, may click here to read the full article.