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Philadelphia Commission for Women

Ask questions, grapple with solutions

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The (PCW) has released the report “The State of Women and Girls of Philadelphia”.

Covering five broad areas - health and wellness, economic empowerment, leadership and civic engagement and education - the report is intended to establish the questions needed to grapple with and inform solutions to improve the quality of life for Philadelphia’s women and girls.

“This is the first time that there has ever been such an undertaking in the city,” said PCW Executive Director Jovida Hill

Among the report's highlights are the following:

* Philadelphia is the only city among the nation’s 10 largest where women comprise more of the external workforce 

 than men.

* Women hold 57.5 percent of the jobs in education and medicine in the city.

* The median wage for women in Philadelphia is $29,816, trailing $35,599 for men.

* Domestic violence remains a growing challenge for women. In 2015, women were the victims of 19 homicides due to intimate partner violence. Domestic violence is so prevalent, Women Against Abuse was forced to turn away over 15,000 requests for shelter.

* According to the CDC, 14 percent of 9th to 12th graders in Philadelphia attempted suicide in 2015, with the rate of increase greatest for girls 10 to 14 years old.

* The City of Philadelphia has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation at almost nine infant deaths for every 1,000 births.

Over the next year, the commission will focus on issues of economic empowerment. The city’s persistent poverty rate, and the fact that 60% of all children under 18 years old live in homes headed by a single parent, informs this focus for the Commission and its work for the upcoming year.